Maxim Rysanov and Ashley Wass
RNCM Concert Hall, 19 November 2012
Great viola players are rare, Maxim Rysanov is unique.
He plays a broader range of repertoire, from Bach to Bibik one might say, and has done most in recent years to revitalise the viola, that wondrously fabulist instrument.
The concert in fact began with Bach, a work arranged for solo viola by Simon Rowland-Jones, and ended with Richard Dubugnon’s Incantatio. There were works by Faure, Debussy, Ravel and Bohuslav Martinu along the way.
Ashley Wass’s piano played a part in all but the Bach, and what made the concert flow, really, was the evident rapport between the two players. You might characterise Wass’s piano style as being a bit like his suit: bright and businesslike, yet with the occasional delicate feature.
They were called back for, I think, two encores. A very fine concert indeed.
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