Emanuele Segre May 2003

Emanuele Segre at Greenwood Centre May 2003

The concert commenced with the Weiss Ciaccona. One was immediately aware of the intense passionate playing which projected powerfully across the hall. I could not fault the attention to detail of the ornamentation. The somewhat trebly tone suited this baroque piece.

The Sor Fantasia that followed was quite dazzling. Segres puts all his body and soul into his playing which no doubt accounts for the occasional sound of heavy breathing.

After the interval, in a change to the programme alternative Albeniz pieces were chosen starting with Majorca. I found this a little laboured or maybe I’m just spoiled by the Julian Bream recording. The familiar Astorias was played to great dramatic effect with the ringing rasgueados chords.

The highlight of the evening was the Roland Dyens which most of us had not heard before. The Songe Capricorne had us transfixed; this included a beautiful harmonic section. The Fuoco contained many percussive effects masterly played by Segres.

For an encore Segras gave us a powerful rendition of Villa Lobos Prelude No 1.