Review: Libeck Fundraising Concert at St George's: 9/10
ST GEORGE'S has obtained a reputation as one of the best concert halls in Europe acoustically, both for concerts and for recording.
It has now become so much in demand that the trustees feel it is time to expand the rather limited facilities. This concert began the long process of raising the funds needed for these extensions.
The concert was arranged by violinist Jack Liebeck, who gathered together many musical colleagues to perform one of Schubert's chamber masterpieces and a lesser known work by Dohnanyi.
The artistes kindly gave their services for free and were rewarded with a large audience.
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Dohnanyi's Sextet was followed by Schubert's mighty Octet , where the string quintet is boosted by horn, bassoon and clarinet.
There are six movements, the first of which is based on his famous song The Wanderer. In the third, the players found an attractive dancing rhythm and the theme from the andante that follows is also based on one of his songs, and the seven variations that followed were deliciously presented .
After the subtlety of the minuet there was a strong purposeful finale to round off a superb performance by the players.
Sandwiched between these two, famous pianist Alfred Brendel showed the other side to his ability by reading some of his own poetry (some of which was more like prose) with accompaniment from pianist Katya Apekisheva.
Having missed out on a substantial grant from the Arts Council the committee is still determined to go on with its project and would welcome any ideas for a cash flow.