A Concert by Julia Karen Williams and Yukie Wake

It is not often that one gets an opportunity to hear such delightful and intriguing music, and the enthusiasm of the audience demonstrated how amply they had been rewarded for coming on one of our rare summer days.
The Blenheim Music Circle was recently entertained by two young pianists, Julia Karen Williams and Yukie Wake, with a programme of piano duets. Such a programme presents its own difficulties, for If it is not to become merely a matter of accuracy and strict timing, what is called for is a peculiar empathy which enables the performers to feel, as it were, the very heartbeats of their partners and to anticipate the dynamics, touch, phrasing and timing that breathe life into a score. Then again there is the problem of material. It is clear that composers who were also piano teachers would write pieces which master and pupil could play together on the same piano, especially if the pupil were young and pretty. Such pieces would vary in difficulty and depth according to the skills of the pianists involved.

The four pieces chosen for this concert covered a range of music especially associated with Vienna and Prague. It began with Beethoven, his set of variations on a theme of his friend and patron, Graf von Waldstein - an early piece with plenty of youthful fireworks which the artists communicated well. This was followed by Schubertís much-loved Fantasie in F minor where the pianists successfully conveyed the energy and delicacy, the lyricism and drama that this wonderful work demands.

After the interval we had the Sonata KV 19d by Mozart, a charming exhibition-piece perhaps written with his gifted sister, Nanerl, in mind, but the highlight of this half of the concert was the set of five Slavonic Dances by Dvorak. These pieces are rhythmically and melodically so high-spirited that it is difficult to prevent oneself from being swept away, at least in imagination, and joining in the dance, and certainly the pianists excelled themselves, thinking and playing as one through the expressive variations which this music demands.

It is not often that one gets an opportunity to hear such delightful and intriguing music, and the enthusiasm of the audience demonstrated how amply they had been rewarded for coming on one of our rare summer days.

David Shavreen

The next concert of the 2002 Season will be given at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 22nd September In the Chiswick Catholic Centre by David Juritz and Friends. They will present a programme of music for all ages, including children.

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