I just had to tell you all about the concert mum and I went to last night!
Lord Menuhin would have been proud of one of his former students…
In the fabulous setting of the Menuhin Hall we were treated to jaw dropping virtuosity with a mixture of baroque, romantic and jazz favourites for violin and piano.
Adelia opened with Bach’s Chaconne, giving a powerful performance of passion, pathos, precision and pure delight!
Her technique and delivery was flawless: she gave us rich and sustained chords, never missing an incidental note, in a dazzling array of light and shade in tone and tempo. Her vigorous, visceral build-up towards the middle section was infused with tension and restraint, leading to an explosion of emotion made possible by her incredible her bow control. It was a heartfelt and soulful recital of Bach’s spiritual and iconic solo violin masterpiece.
Both Adelia and Craig achieved a perfect balance between the dialogue and interplay of the violin and piano in Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G major. Their performance was ablaze with his romantic spirit, not to mention immaculate double stopping and exquisite phrasing.
Respigi’s Poema Autunnale was just divine. I could picture the rustic leaves swirling in the wind as the colours of her performance perfectly matched its seasonal theme.
So you can hear her brilliance for yourself, here is an earlier recording of Adelia & Craig performing the Respigi:
Equally impressive was her uninhibited expression of the Brahms Violin Sonata No.1 in G major.
Their finale was Frolov’s Concert Fantasia on Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – what thrills and trills!
Their energy and enthusiasm for this rhythmic, jazzy gem shone through. Adelia was up and down the fingerboard at lightning speed with accuracy, intonation and slides made in heaven. I doubt even Stephane Grappelli could have played it any better.
As of today (19th May), Adelia has been able to upload the recording made by the Menuhin Hall, and so it’s my pleasure to present her stunning live performance:
Adelia’s love and understanding for the music was etched on her face and clearly translated into beautiful sounds from her violin.
The acoustics in the hall are wonderful; needless to say mum and I enjoyed our evening very much. It was amazing to stroll along the public areas of the hall beforehand and read about the highlights of Lord Menuhin’s life and musical career – truly inspirational.
Located just outside Cobham in substantial rural grounds, the Yehudi Menuhin School continues to grow with the times, with a planned new state-of-the-art music centre and library, which, when built will house multiple studios ideal for music tuition, performance and recording.
It is, perhaps, the spiritual home of violin performance, with Yehudi Menuhin’s grave situated not far from the entrance to the hall.
The inscription on his tomb stone says it all:
“He who makes music in this life makes music in the next.”
Some more of my photos: