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Outstanding Escocia Concert

On Sunday 3rd Decembere, Cowal Music Club's concert, given by the Escocia Duo, - Katrina Lee (violin) and Roberto Kuhn Versluys (guitar), was outstanding and highly memorable, due to the remarkable musicianship and abilities of the performers.

Right from the first piece, the Centone Di Sonata by Paganini (no less!), the playing was highly impressive and confident, and the Duo were able to communicate very successfully with the audience, who in turn were highly appreciative.

The Duo introduced the programme in sections, and after three very effective arrangements of Scottish works which included Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies, listeners were treated to a ‘Sneak Peak’ at the Duo’s new Album, which included 3 attractive pieces by Egberto Gismonti, -a highly successful contemporary Brazilian composer. The new Album is due for release on December 15th.

More South American music followed after the Interval, some familiar – such as the famous Libertango and Oblivion by the great Argentinian tango-composer Astor Piazzolla, but some quite unfamiliar, and all extremely attractive and performed with real flare. Highlights were many, and included Alfonsina and the Sea by Ariel Ramirez, the highly rhythmic Khespina by Hector Soto, and the humorous, quirky El Choco Tango by Angel Villoldo. The audience were held enthralled throughout, enjoying the South American musical colours and moods, as well as the lively, vibrant rhythms.

Indeed in one of her introductions, Katrina (who comes from Yorkshire) pointed out that she had really discovered much of the South American music thanks to her husband, Roberto, who comes from Chile. Judging by the audience reaction, I think many if not all of us were also delighted to have heard such a fine exposition of South American music. Although there was a focus on Tango rhythms, the music offered an intriguing range of idioms and expression, and it was also uplifting to see Katrina and Roberto manifestly enjoying themselves!

The Duo have been performing together since 2017, and judging by Sunday’s concert, are going from strength to strength! No wonder the audience wouldn’t let them go without an encore – which again was expertly performed and very warmly appreciated by all.

It was simply a marvellous concert!

Watch out for Cowal Music Club’s concerts in 2024! The first takes place on January 21st, when Kristina Yorgovo (cello) and Laura Sergeant (piano) will perform.


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