Te Manawa Sunday Afternoon Series.
Sunday, March 2.
Reviewed by STEPHEN FISHER..
Pianist Angela Cook and two of her very successful piano students, Thomas Nikora and Joanna Hodgkinson, featured in yesterday's concert in the Te Manawa series.
Together they treated us to a programme of popular duets and solos, making for a very pleasant afternoon.
Cook has made a name as a local teacher of piano, although she lives in the Wairarapa, while maintaining a studio in Palmerston North.
Nikora hails from the Wairarapa and studies the piano at the New Zealand School of Music. Hodgkinson achieved her LTCL in 2010.
The programme opened with Bach's Sonata in F major performed as a duet by Nikora and Hodgkinson who also performed Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Nos2 and 5. Cook teamed up with Hodgkinson for four excerpts from Bizet's Jeus d'Enfants. The programme was completed with solos by Cook – Schubert's Sonata in A, Op 120 and Debussy's Children's Corner Suite.
Again a programme of much appeal for the listener, although with Cook performing with an injured hand some of the works were marred by technical difficulties. However, the programme was full of expression and lively and spirited throughout.
The afternoon drew to a close with Nikora's bravura performance of Chopin's Andante Spianato and the Grande Polonaise Brillante, a rousing finale with the audience full of appreciation and admiration.
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