Review of Daniela Rossi (classical guitar) at the Hayward Theatre Friday 30th November 12

Classical music is not always readily associated with the guitar, but in the hands of Daniela Rossi, the instrument was proved to be ideal for conveying the most subtle of expression in the pieces she chose. Her concert in the Hayward Theatre as part of the King’s School Concert Series included pieces of different styles and from different periods and cultures.

The programme opened with Lachrimae Pavan by the English composer Dowland. It was immediately apparent that this performer had great strength of purpose that came from an internal, intuitive understanding of how the most subtle of expressions could be effectively portrayed.

In the second pie, Fantasie, op. 19 by the Italian Luigi Legnani, she demonstrated an ability to sooth the strings into merging rapid runs into a continuous flow, making them contrast well with her emphatic, strong and precise chords.

Three of the Five pieces for Guitar by the Argentinian, Astor Piazzolla, suited Daniela’s playing particularly well, reminding us of her Argentinian origins. In the first piece, Campero, her tonal variety was phenomenal, in the second Romántico she held together the sweeping strands beautifully while in the third, Acentuado, she kept the audience spellbound with her skill as a performer.

After interval, in D’Angelo’s Due Canzioni Lidie she created some particularly evocative sonorous effects in the first song and more agitated episodes in the second.

The evening culminated with Sonata para Guitarra by Antonio José from Spain. During these four movements she created amazing effects ranging from harp-like chordal progressions in the Allegro, very varied tonal levels in the Minuetto andtense insistence in the Pavana Triste to a final joyful celebration in the final movement (Finale).

This was a highly successful concert and the sizeable audience soon let the performer know how much they enjoyed the event and her two encores were enthusiastically received.

The next concert will be Trio Petrus (violin, ‘cello and piano) on Friday 18th January 7.30 pm in the Recital Hall contact Lisa Bushell (01353 653931) email: lisabushell@kingsely.org

Rosemary Westwell

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