Russell Poyner June 2003
Although much of the recital consisted of unusual pieces not heard before in any of our previous concerts, it Opened with familiar pieces; the Largo from Sor’s Fantasia Op 7, Dance of the Miller and Villa Lobos Prelude No 1. We immediately were able to appreciate his clear but passionate playing. These were followed by Federico Monpou’s Suite Compostelena movements 1, 3, 4 and 5. The suite was introduced as modern impressionist piece written for Segovia containing bits of plain song. Indeed there were soothing passages that could have been plain song. At times it reminded me of Satie though the last movement was very lively.
After the interval in a change to the programme Poyner performed Improvisations 3 & 4 by Simon Creswell who had written them for him. This was followed by Louis J Clark’s Indian Folk suite. This contained 2 dance movements written in a scale similar to that of Ragistarn. The 1st had an almost jazz like quality while the 2nd was very dramatic with dazzling runs reminiscent of some Villa Lobos etudes.
Bravo to a great British player!