The latest in the delicious series of Live at Lunch concerts under the artistic direction of internationally renowned flautist Jane Rutter was entitled UNSENT LOVE LETTERS: MEDITATIONS ON ERIK SATIE for all us romantics at heart. This time the two friends joining her were Tamara – Anna Cislowksa and Elena Kats-Chernin both on pianos.
The opening bracket consisted of , firstly , Russian Rag by Kats- Chernin for two pianos . It was seemingly joyous but with hidden turbulent undercurrents .
This was followed by the Naïve Waltz by Kats – Chernin for Rutter and Kats-Chernin in a fluid, fragile haunting and delicately aching performance .
Rutter and Cislowska then performed the crystalline , waltzlike Je Te Veux by Satie .
Next we were treated to a shimmering , wistful Gnossienne no.1 by Satie , Cislowka on piano .Balletomanes will think of Ashton’s Monotones .
We then heard the rippling , whirling yet fragile Unsent Love Letters by Kats- Chernin as performed by Cislowska and Kats-Chernin. It had the atmosphere of heartbreak , of falling snow – or teardrops at the loss of love .
That was followed by the haunting Les Chemins de l’Amour -by Poulenc full of flurries of memories and the various intersecting paths of love.
The next bracket consisted of Kats-Chernin and Cislowska first in a fast ,sharp and spiky duet full of breathless scurrying also written by Poulenc his Sonata for Four Hands .
The joyous , emphatic passionate dialogue of the Andante from Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, op.102 followed and then the exquisite lyrical reflective dialogue of Kats -Chernin’s Russian Sonata .
Another bubbly , flurried piece was Deep and Bitter Flood ( by Kats-Chernin) which was followed by the passionate , volcanic dialogue of her Eggshell capturing the pain of heartbreak – which suddenly turned melting and lyrical like tears falling .
In great contrast was the slinky ,warm ,charming and seductive Le Chat Noir , again by Kats-Chernin – delicious fun .
Rutter used her piccolo while the trio played the darting scampering Pink Breasted Robin in the Silvery Light by Kats- Chernin .
There was much enthusiastic cheers and applause – and the trio presented a fragile ,crystalline yet fluid encore Eliza Aria by Elena Kats-Chernin, which the audience enjoyed immensely and then we had to depart for lunch , possibly buying a CD on the way ….
Live at Lunch : UNSENT LOVE LETTERS: MEDITATIONS ON ERIK SATIE was at The Concourse Chatswood, September 12 , 2018.