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									                                                                      Alasdair Beatson

the Goyescas by Gran-                                                     rewarding exploration         concert opener.
ados, with a profound                                                      of the keyboard both             Colin Matthew’s six minute, Fanfare and
depth of emotion in a                                                      for the listener and for a   Flourish (with Fireflies) was originally written
beautifully-shaped,                                                       pianist of Beatson’s          to celebrate Oliver Knussen’s 50th birthday in
expansive performance.                                                   outstanding calibre.           2002 and this collection of orchestral
She followed it with Chop-                                                  He concluded with the       decorations offended no-one, but neither did
in’s relatively unfamiliar E                                          exquisite Four Piano Pieces,      it really grasp the attention of an audience
flat Rondo, Op.16, negotiating                                     Op. 119, composed by Brahms          settling down from their interval drinks. For a
its fast-flowing passages with cool                           towards the end of his life, respond-     midweek concert it was certainly unusual for
control, elegance and ease. To conclude, she        ing sensitively to the gentle nostalgia of the      two composers, Knussen and Matthews, to be
offered a highly accomplished account of            three Intermezzos with beautifully judged play-     present for their own music and this increased
Rachmaninov’s Second Sonata in B flat minor,        ing, and crowning the set with a bravura per-       the applause exponentially.
Op.36, the dramatic opening of the Allegro          formance of the Rhapsody.                               Incongruously, it was Schumann’s Rhenish
agitato compelling attention, while the con-                                    MARGARET DAVIES         Symphony that was chosen to end the concert.
cluding Allegro molto was the ideal showcase                                                            Whether this was to attract a few more pat-
for Hu’s virtuosity as she propelled the move-              Oliver Knussen conducts                     rons or a strange idea by the programme
ment to an emphatic climax.                                   the Hallé Orchestra
                            MARGARET DAVIES
                                                        he composer, Oliver Knussen                        Dominic Piers Smith
              Alasdair Beatson
            at the Wigmore Hall
                                                    T   made a welcome appearance at
                                                   Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall to
                                                   conduct the Hallé Orchestra in
      linking theme characterised the prog-        a varied programme of his
A     ramme of the Scottish pianist Alasdair
Beatson’s recital at the Wigmore Hall on 8
                                                   own music, together with
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