Music during ‘Lockdown’

A report from our retiring Publicity Officer

We have all missed attending concerts and hearing live music during the past few months. Like me, I feel sure you will have rediscovered forgotten CDs lying at the back of the shelf and enjoyed listening to recorded music you had overlooked in addition to playing your favourite pieces.

Whilst this is all quite a novelty, nothing can replace being present in the concert hall for a live performance. I have tried streamed concerts, live performances via Facebook, Zoom and YouTube in an attempt to draw closer to the concert hall experience. With limited technology at home, the quality of sound has been far from acceptable, so I have reverted to revisiting my CD collection.

The series of June lunchtime concerts held in Wigmore Hall, however, came as refreshing encouragement that our wellloved artists are still on top form. I enjoyed listening to those recitals (held in an empty hall due to ‘lockdown’ restrictions), many from performers who have visited us in
Malvern in the past. This included our Concert Club President, baritone Roddy Williams,
who performed with pianist Joseph Middleton on Friday 12 June.

It was a particular pleasure to listen to Paul Lewis, who performed on Wednesday 10 June, as he has been engaged to open our planned Concert Club Series for the forthcoming season. As our Chairman has written, we are not by any means certain that this will go ahead, so you may like to
hear his recital from this series.

The Guardian’s review of Paul Lewis’ performance states ‘This was a wonderful performance, its
bittersweet mood persisting into the single encore played with understated refinement, and rounding off a beautiful recital.’ The full review can be found at https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/
jun/10/paul-lewis-review-beethoven-andschubert-wigmore-hall-radio-3

Paul’s programme was:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2, Moonlight
  • Franz Schubert: Fantasy Sonata in G, D894

Other concerts in this series are available for a limited period. All feature encores. Full details can be found at https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/wigmoreseries/special-broadcasts

I know there is divided opinion about the inclusion of an encore in a carefully planned concert programme and the purists among us feel that this can detract from the completeness of what has been previously offered but, in these strange times, I, for one, am grateful for all the ‘live’ music we can access.

Sarah Musgrave

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