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Slow moments with SW: Elgar (…..)

Only one slow moment this time dear readers – and I think you will agree that it is more than enough for the soul: the slow movement of Elgar’s violin concerto. What, you may reasonably ask, has prompted this little … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Bartók

The contrast between the musical language of Rachmaninov and that of his contemporary Bartók is striking. The one firmly in the full “romantic” sonata-form-based mode, the other pushing those formal boundaries forward and absorbing the influences of the folk music … Continue reading

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Slow moment with SW: Rachmaninoff – a brief encounter.

Scene: a railway waiting room somewhere in SE England in the 1930s. A man and a woman are sitting at a table over a cup of tea. Celia: I say Trevor, must we, really? Trevor: I’m afraid so, old thing, … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Mozart – serene intensity

H’mm, something of a challenge this one, I fear. How on earth does one choose? Not quite the “stick a pin in the Köchel Catalogue” approach, but perhaps a chance to share some of my favourites plus a special request … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Reynaldo Hahn – poignant seduction

“When he takes his place at the piano, with a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, everyone is quiet and gathers around to listen. Every note is a word or a cry. His head is slightly tilted back: his … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Gerald Finzi – elegiac radiance

A change of gear this time, I thought, and what better than to explore some of Gerald Finzi’s ‘slow moments’. How does one begin to describe their essence? Imbued in places with a searing introspection, in others with sheer spiritual … Continue reading

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