Memorable performance from Julian
Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Peter Cigleris (clarinet) with John Lenehan (piano)
City Museum & Art Gallery
One performance only
IT'S customary for solo pianists and vocalists to play from memory, but for other instrumentalists the situation is more flexible.
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However there was absolutely no doubt that Julian Lloyd Webber's decision to play John Ireland's Cello Sonata without the barrier of a music-stand, added immensely to the expressive richness of the performance where player and composer were as one. Technically unblemished, here was string-playing of the highest order, with superb dynamic control and attention to detail.
While Peter Cigleris opted to use music for his performance of Ireland's Fantasy Sonata, never once did the physical presence of the score interfere with an equally emotionally-charged reading.
Although the evening was essentially a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Ireland's death, it gave all three artists a wonderful opportunity to combine for a simply superb performance of Brahms's A minor Trio.
From the opening bars it was clear that there was a real empathy between each instrumentalist, which showed not only in an impeccable ensemble, but where shared musical phrasing played such an important part.
Furthermore, it emphasised the outstanding performance from pianist, John Lenehan, who played with immense power yet great sensitivity too, and was undoubtedly the evening's unsung hero, and greatly appreciated by the capacity audience.