Lynn Town Hall
coffee concerts held at Lynn Town Hall during the festival are always
enjoyable and very popular and so it has proved again this year.
are often given the opportunity to hear younger artists who have gone
on to become household names in the music world, examples have been, Tom
Poster, Freddy Kempff and Guy Johnston.
Riyad Nicolas, is another
young musician with a future, and his recent piano recital at the
festival gave us the chance to hear this talented young pianist from
The varied and generous programme included extra items: the
last four Fantasiestuke, Op.12 by Schumann and a delightful piece as an
encore, Danse de Laila by Dia Succari.
This composer, unknown to
me, died in 2010, was influenced by such French composers as Debussy
and Ravel, and came from
Riyad’s home town of Aleppo (sadly more in the
news recently for the terrible destruction wrought by the civil war
ragin in Syria now).
The recital began with a Scarlatti sonata in
Fminor, played in a slightly romantic style and then in Beethoven’s
Sonata in A flat, Op.110 and two pieces by Chopin the pianist brought
out well the varying moods of the music, passion, intensity and delicacy
were all in evidence and his articulation and clarity were especially
I was pleased to hear his account of Chopin’s first
Etude Op. 10, a great favourite of mine; short, difficult, but thrilling
and romantic, much more than a dry, technical study!
I enjoyed Riyad’s account, and his pedalling was used to good effect.
Riyad has already performed widely and won several international prizes. We will hear more of him.