Free recital!

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At Worthing’s Assembly Hall last week, we were treated to a unique free recital by top violinist Nicola Benedetti and pianist Alexei Grynyuk.

A few months ago Nicola, Alexei and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) had been booked to play Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Worthing Symphony Orchestra (WSO).

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nicola was unable to fulfil her appointment that day, so Leonard played Elgar’s magnificent Cello Concerto instead.

With great generosity of spirit Nicola and Alexei decided to give us a free concert as compensation, the original audience having been advised to hold on to their tickets.

What an absolute delight this turned out to be! Introduced by WSO’s conductor John Gibbons, the pair gave wonderfully intimate performances of sonatas by Mozart and Elgar.

They devoted the entire second half to Beethoven’s immortal Kreutzer Sonata, enthralling the capacity audience with their drama, exquisite lyricism and breathtaking virtuosity.

As if that wasn’t enough, they also gave us as encores the highly emotional, evocative and even topical Schindler’s List, followed by a beautiful piece by Korngold.

Nicola Benedetti is due to play the Brahms Violin Concerto with the WSO on June 7, an occasion definitely not to be missed.

Marilyn Dennis

Old Mead Road

Littlehampton

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