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Lunchtime recitals at SAC / DSG

By Mike Skipper - Jun 26, 2018
Lunchtime recitals at SAC / DSG

The St Andrew’s College / Diocesan School for Girls Music School has included a number of solo recitals by individual musicians into the Concert Season Programme.

Emily Morgan took to the auditorium stage to present a solo piano recital. She performed a demanding programme of eight pieces. Her delivery of three movements from a French Suite by JS Bach was elegant and controlled. This was followed by beautifully shaped Haydn 1st movement from his Sonata in E before a luscious and warm Daisiesby Rachmaninoff. Emily finished her recital with three short, quirky and intriguing Preludes by Shostakovich. The obvious musicality and virtuosity of this performance, delivered without any ego, leaves one in no doubt that Emily Morgan is a jewel in the crown of the Music School.

Music lovers were treated to a solo cello recital by Daniel Erasmus. Accompanied by Mrs Salomie Rocher on piano, Daniel began with a rich, sonorous rendition of the 1st movement of Brahms’ Sonata in E minor. This was beautifully contrasted by three movements from the Bach Suite for Unaccompanied Cello that were the quintessential mixture of fire and ice for which this composer is famous. Daniel’s emotionally charged performance of Kol Nidreiby Max Bruch was divinely inspired and if you closed your eyes, you could hear the Jewish Cantor’s voice. The final item was a clean and energetic 1st movement from Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C. Daniel played to a big audience that included his 1st XI hockey teammates and he created a clear impression of the fact that (if there were such a thing) he would be the College Music Captain.

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