King’s Lynn Festival review: Anna Rosa Mari, Coffee Concert

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What a pleasant change to have a flute concert and from such a talented flautist. Anna Rosa Mari was accompanied on piano by Gamal Khamis who complemented her magnificently with his sympathetic playing.

The rapport between the two was great and both were clearly enjoying their experience at the King’s Lynn Festival.

The programme consisted of Sibelius’ Scaramouche, Bach’s E minor Sonata, Four Songs from Schubert and Borne’s Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

One could wax lyrical about each piece but suffice to say that each was played with great expertise emphasising light and shade with varying tempi and dynamics.

Double and triple tonguing was no problem at all and dextrous fingering from both persons maintained the lightness of the atmosphere.

The different moods of the music were not neglected as each piece told its own story including a cheating wife, a fisherman’s love, a carrier pigeon and of course the well-known stories from Carmen. Anna gave introductions to the pieces which made them more understandable but alsodemonstrated her love for the music.

Whilst the playing of each piece was enthralling it was probably the Borne which captivated the audience most being variations of much loved tunes and finishing with the Toreador’s Song.

It certainly brought the greatest reaction from the audience.

Well-deserved prolonged applause brought a welcome encore which meant that the audience left in a very happy mood, full of praise for the artistes.

Sheila Johnson