Informal start to all-day music treat
Saturday at the BMS Chamber Music Festival in Belfast began with comfortable informality.
Eimear McGeown, in the talented company of pianist John Paul Ekins and guitarist Jonathan Toman, gave a morning recital in the Harty Room. Eimear covered both classical and traditional flute playing and proved herself equally at home in both genres through her evocative programme.
After lunchtime in the Great Hall, the Finnish based Meta4 opened their concert with an energised, proportioned performance of Bartok’s Fifth String Quartet. Argentinean Nelson Goerner rounded off Saturday with an enjoyable recital which explored the folk inspirations of the piano repertoire.
Although of small physical stature, Goerner packs quite a punch in his powerful pianistic technique. He was particularly adept in gradating and multi-layering the instrument’s sonorities, textures, colours and tones, creating a dynamic, multi-dimensional picture, especially in Bartok’s Op.20 Improvisations and Falla’s virtuosic Fantasia Baetica.
His Chopin interpretations were perhaps inflated to a scale which the music did not easily accommodate.