Rhodri Clarke at Hans Vonk Music House

Today I had the pleasure of attending a concert given by Melbourne pianist and first class honours graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, Rhodri Clarke. Rhodri is a very talented young man who gave a splendid performance of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. His program included an excerpt from Bach’s Toccata in D major BWV S-912, Beethoven’s Sonata in D minor Op 31 No2 (“Tempest”), Chopin’s Etude in A flat Op 25 no 1, Ballade Op 23 in G minor, Prelude in D flat major (“Raindrop”), Liszt’s famous Liebestraum No 3 and a wonderfully dramatic finish with Liszt’s Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto. Rhodri is a pianist of astounding experience and ability, and it was a priviledge to hear him play. He plays very sensitively, with beautiful touch and magnificent dynamic range. His fingers flew over the keys all pieces, but particularly in the lyrical Chopin and Liszt pieces.

To give you a taste of Rhodri’s superb playing here is a clip of him playing Chopin’s Nocturne Op 48 No 1.

The concert took place at Hans Vonk Music House in Spreyton, which was a perfect venue for a warm autumn day. With the windows open, sun shining, cool breeze wafting gently in, wine and nibbles, and superb piano playing to listen to, it made for a most pleasant Sunday afternoon indeed.

Hans Vonk Music House

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