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Kathryn Stott and Martin Roscoe

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

RNCM Theatre, 29 September 2014

An intriguing start to the MCCS season, in that the concert featured just the two pianos.

It is certainly not unknown for just two pianists to play together – Imogen Cooper and Paul Lewis have done several performances along these lines in recent years – but it is a fairly rare occurrence.  What makes it intriguing for the listener is the way the pianos are used to complement, engage in dialogue and seemingly respond to each other, rather than being played as one.  And the works chosen here, in particular I’d say the Sonata in D major by Mozart and Rachmaninov’s Suite No 2, showed this diversity in identity to devastating effect.

The concert had an added significance.  Kathryn Stott is bringing her distinguished reign as Artistic Director of the MCCS to a close, with Martin Roscoe duly taking over the reins.  This was a fine occasion to mark the handover.

There is much to look forward to in the coming season, including Balkan folk music in February 2015.  Full details of forthcoming MCCS concerts can be found here.