Belfast Telegraph

Dynamic Elina Vahala and Andres Diaz dazzle and delight

By Terry Blain

Violinist Elina Vahala and cellist Andrés Díaz combined to stunning effect in a searing performance of Kodaly's Duo For Violin And Cello.

This was a beautifully integrated interpretation, one instrument dovetailing seamlessly with the other, as in the deft interleaving of pizzicato commentaries in the opening Allegro serioso movement.

The Presto finale boiled up to a furious climax, Vahala ripping into the wild gypsy melodies with evident relish. It's difficult to imagine this wonderful piece played better.

Elsewhere, French horn player Richard Watkins gave a poised, unflappable account of Bernhard Krol's imprecatory Laudatio, before his son Alexei and student Hannah Miller joined him for three jovially Mozartian horn trios by Bohemian composer Anton Reicha.

Four stars

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