Florian Mitrea Review : 1st March 2019

Florian Mitrea Review : 1st March 2019

This was a Concert of three halves!  Our international prize-winning pianist, Florian Mitrea, proved to be an engaging musician with infectious energy and enthusiasm. He began with an early set of Mozart variations on what was revealed to be a familiar nursery-rhyme...
Eblana String Trio : 8th February 2019

Eblana String Trio : 8th February 2019

The Eblana String Trio has played for Derby Chamber Music before, but this was the group’s first visit without an additional player, and it was good to have them shining a spotlight on repertoire that is too often overshadowed by that of the string...
Syzygy Saxophone Quartet : 18th January 2019

Syzygy Saxophone Quartet : 18th January 2019

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but, much as I love the saxophone (in all sizes) as a solo instrument, a quartet is more problematic. Unless the composer/arranger, and/or the players, is/are careful, the sound can end up just too homogeneous to be really interesting....
Zelkova String Quartet : 7th December 2018

Zelkova String Quartet : 7th December 2018

The Zelkova Quartet, making its third visit to Derby Chamber Music, once again impressed with the players’ taut ensemble, expressive command and sheer vitality.It was a programme of quiet, unassuming openings, in their different ways. One of Haydn’s more sombre...
Dominic Degavino : 9th November 2018

Dominic Degavino : 9th November 2018

Standing in a very short notice for an indisposed Alexandra Vaduva, pianist Dominic Degavino impressed with his remarkably mature musicianship.He began with Janáček’s From the Street, 1.X.1905, the two surviving movements of a piece written to commemorate the death of...
Aquinas Piano Trio : 12th October 2018

Aquinas Piano Trio : 12th October 2018

The thing with Beethoven is, you have to watch out for the booby-traps. There are plenty in his ‘Archduke’ Trio (Op 97 in B flat), but the Aquinas Trio, whose cellist (and patron of DCM) is Derby-born Katherine Jenkinson, proved to be a match for all the sudden...