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King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concert got the ‘audience’s feet tapping’ says reviewer Andy Tyler

Reviewer Andy Tyler shares his thoughts on the new series of Lynn’s Festival Spring Coffee Concert...

Music lovers who attended the first in the new series of King’s Lynn Festival Spring Series Coffee Concerts were rewarded with an excellent piano recital given by the young, highly talented pianist Richard Zhang.

The well-balanced programme consisted of J.S.Bach’s Partita No.3 in A minor,BWV827, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101, and Gabriel Faure’s Nocturne No.13 in B minor, Op.119.

Richard Zhang
Richard Zhang

Both Beethoven and Faure suffered from distressing hearing problems, ( Beethoven eventually lost his hearing completely), and the style and mood of their pieces reflect this.

The emotional contrasts in the works were effortlessly conveyed by the pianist, whose rendition of the music was given with clarity, drama, and tenderness when appropriate.

Richard’s performance of the Bach Partita was a delight, the dance movements certainly got the full and enthusiastic audience’s feet tapping.

The recital concluded with a lovely Chopin Nocturne as a welcome encore. I am sure we will hear much more from Richard Zhang, who has already embarked on a successful musical career.

The next Lynn’s Festival Coffee Concert features Toby White, Cello, and Ryan Drucker, piano, and will take place at Lynn Town Hall, at 11am on Friday, March, 1.

Andy Tyler

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