Review: Inaugural Concert of the Anglo-Suisse Artistic Foundation
February 2000 - The Anglo-Suisse Artistic Foundation, which was
set up at the end of 1999 by the London-based entrepreneur, musician
and fine arts expert, Heather de Haes, aims at creating a platform for
musicians from the United Kingdom and from Switzerland in order that
individual talents be appreciated by an international audience.
Foundation's launch concert took place on 9 February in the elegant
premises of the Agnew Galleries in London's Old Bond Street and a
distinguished gathering of guests was entertained to some
exceptionally fine music-making.
cellist, Gemma Rosefield, who is resident in London, gave a beautiful
and mature performance of Brahms' Sonata in E minor op. 38,
with the young Israeli pianist, Inon Barnatan at the keyboard. This
was duo playing at its best. Rosefield followed this with Pierre
Fournier's arrangement for cello A string of Paganini's Moses
Variations (originally written for the G string of the violin), a
performance which revealed the full range of her technical prowess.
Rosefield's playing is distinguished by a sensitive quality of tone,
coloured by a multitude of nuances. Already endowed with a track
record of successes, she must surely be destined to make her mark on
the international circuit.
The pianist Frank Lévy, now
in his mid-thirties and resident in New York, was brought up in
Switzerland and studied at the Lausanne Conservatoire. He has
established himself both as performer and pedagogue and on the
occasion of the Foundation's inaugural concert, he displayed all the
sensitivity and elegance on which his reputation is based. Four Intermezzi
by Schubert confirmed the excellent impression created by his
recording of sonatas by the same composer for the Palexa label. Lévy
has the gift of conjuring up a quite special atmosphere, taking one to
the heart of the composer. As an encore, he performed Brahms' Intermezzo
in A Major op 118 n° 2, a contemplative piece in which the
teneramente marking was observed with the deepest feeling. We look
forward to hearing Lévy again soon.
both in London and Switzerland are scheduled by the Anglo-Suisse
Artistic Foundation. In addition, the Foundation, which benefits from
the support of one of London's leading patrons of the arts, Mrs.
Jackie Rosenfeld, will be seeking to promote artists, painters,
sculptors and writers.
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