Sunday 25th February 2018 Catherine
Christopher Williams (piano)
GOOD FORTUNE FOR BUDE MUSIC
Following the unfortunate cancellation by cellist Barbara Degener, Bude Music Society
was extremely lucky to be able to find Catherine Tanner- Williams (Oboe) and her
husband Christopher Williams (Piano) as last-minute replacement artists for the concert
on Sunday 25th February at Minstrels Music Centre.
The programme opened with three pieces for oboe, written by Richard Strauss when
he was still at school. These were remarkable in harmony, texture and design and
played with complete mastery by Catherine. Her performance of the 2nd movement of
the Oboe sonata by Saint-Saёns later in the programme was a real joy, particularly
the ‘Cadenza’ sections, all of which were accompanied
with real sensitivity by Christopher.
The piano solos included Chopin’s formidable Scherzo No1 in B minor, when Christopher
played the difficult opening passages with great assurance. However, it was the ‘Nimble-Fingered
Gentleman’ and ‘Railroad Rhythm’ written by the incomparable Billy Mayerl of Latin
American Jazz fame which were the highlight of the Piano solos and the programme
Catherine and Christopher also played transcription arrangements for oboe and piano
of Mozart’s Mozart’s piano sonata in C major K.548 and ‘Songs and Dances’ by Glinka,
where the inclusion of the oboe gave additional interest and dimension to the movements.
Many of the pieces played at the recital were included in a newly-released CD. It
was a privilege to have heard them performed ‘in concert’ introduced so thoughtfully
by two musicians who engaged naturally with the audience throughout.