The first concert of our 2020/21 season – and the first since lockdown in March/April 2020 – was a piano duet and duo recital by the internationally known pianists Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva on 27th October 2020.
Their generous programme had an amazingly broad sweep: from early Mozart-and-Haydn-influenced Beethoven (Sonata in D, Op 6), via Schubert (Rondo in A, D 951) and Brahms (Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op 23), to the seductive harmonies of three works by Poulenc (Elégie, L’embarquement pour Cythère, and Capriccio d’après Le Bal Masqué) and finally the thrilling dissonance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Their playing was perfectly synchronised throughout, with remarkable dynamic range and sensitivity, and ample and exciting virtuosity when needed. We had the maximum audience of 40 permitted under COVID-19 regulations, who greatly enjoyed the evening. For many, it was the first chance to attend a live concert for more than six months. We are extremely grateful to Charles and Katya for a superb and memorable evening.