Friday 2nd July 2010
Robert Sharpe: Director of Music - York Minster.
- Praeludium in G minor. Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
- Folk Tune & Sortie. Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
- Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 654. JS Bach(1685-1750)
- Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 541. JS Bach(1685-1750)
- Solemn Melody. Henry Walford-Davies (1869-1941)
- Suite from 'Henry V'. William Walton (1902-1983)
March - Passacaglia - Touch her soft lips and part - March
- Clair de Lune. Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
- Carillon-Sortie. Henri Mulet (1878-1967)
Price: £6 (plus 'exit charge' retiring collection)
Attendance: Low, around 20.
Star Rating: 4/5 ****
The recital programme was interesting and varied, not only on paper, but to hear also. We opened bountifully with the rather enjoyable Buxtehude Prauludium, which was executed with great zeal. Various catchy and interesting pieces were played, and a new one to me was the Walton Suite from 'Henry V', with its rather interestingly named third movement. The closing March was a repeat of the first, and rounded the piece off nicely. Clair de Lune, an emotive piece to say the least, was the calm before the storm when it came to the Carillon-Sortie, which showed off the brilliantly voiced Trombas/Trombone family of stops and formed a most uplifting finale.
Whilst performed to an intimate group, this recital was delivered with the usual high standards that have come to be expected of Robert Sharpe. His playing held forth not only his own enormous accuracy but the characteristic voicing of this instrument at Central Methodist in York was displayed well - do get along to hear this if you can! We look forward to hearing more of Robert in the future.