The first concert of our 2019/20 season on 1st October 2019 featured two top international instrumentalists: clarinettist Michael Collins and pianist Noriko Ogawa in a superb programme of French music. Given their very busy lives as soloists, we were very fortunate that they were both able to coincide in London for this concert!
The Saint-Saens and Poulenc sonatas for clarinet and piano were a revelation, along with the beautiful Canzonetta by Pierne. The Solo to Concours by Messager, with which they finished, was a tour de force of virtuosity. Earlier Noriko Ogawa had given us two preludes by Debussy, as well as his Images Book 1. She also played Le Piccadilly and Je te veux by Erik Satie. This was a memorable concert by two experts in this repertoire, and was an excellent start to our eighth season.