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Review: Tasmin Little and Piers Lane, King's Lynn Festival

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Veteran violinist Tasmin Little christened The Minster "the coolest place in King's Lynn" as she and pianist gave a faultless performance on Thursday evening and it really was ... not just in the sense that it offered blessed relief from the blast furnace conditions outside.

The pair opened with Brahms Sonatensatz, followed by the Mozart homage Sonatina in D Major by Schubert and with the first half finishing with a very moving piece by the largely forgotten 20th-century John Ireland British composer.

This was a First World War piece in three movements and particularly in the second movement has intimations of doom before a lighter motif comes in to offer some hope.

Tasmin Little / Chandos Records (14321717)
Tasmin Little / Chandos Records (14321717)

The second half of the concert was Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.47 Kreutzer, said to be the greatest of the great composer's sonatas and one that is quite startling in its boldness at times.

This was quite a poignant occasion as Ms Little has announced her retirement (at the tender age of 55) so this will be her last performance in Lynn. A stalwart of the Festival for many years she will be much missed.

Mark Leslie

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