REVIEW: ‘Sparkling Valentine Concert’ at Ely Cathedral is just perfect and highly entertaining
- Credit: Archant
Locally-born Warren Mailley-Smith is undoubtedly a highly talented pianist, so an evening of Chopin, candlelight and subtle lighting in our magnificent Ely Cathedral was indeed a most romantic occasion.
With phenomenal technique, teasing out every nuance of emotion in the melodies of Chopin, Warren mesmerised the audience.
No matter how much clarity, virtuosity and skill the pieces demanded, Warren made them look easy and shaped the sounds so exquisitely that the listeners could not help but understand the romantic essence of the great composer.
It is no wonder this pianist is in demand by the British Royal Family and has been invited to play for them over thirty times.
Among the works Warren played included a number of familiar scherzos, waltzes and nocturnes by Chopin along with his ‘Berceuse’, ‘Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor’, two movements from his ‘Sonata number 2’, the ‘Military Polonaise’ and ‘Ballade number one’.
You may also want to watch:
Susan Parkes, well renowned soprano, sang two of Chopin’s songs in Polish, his native language, and entertained us with some delightful Italian opera music by Puccini (‘O mio babbino caro’ and ‘Quando m’en vo’ and Bellini (‘Ah non credea mirati’).
Her powerful voice rang richly through the cathedral and her antics were highly entertaining.
- 1 Residents told 'not to approach' illegal encampment
- 2 Hundreds sign petition in support of pub's cup of positivi-tea
- 3 Lorry driver who died in B1085 crash named
- 4 'It was as if Covid didn't exist' - Latitude-goers report positive tests
- 5 Knife attack man jailed for 10 years over £20 'debt'
- 6 Jail for 'predator' who raped vulnerable woman in children's play park
- 7 Marathon runner passes through Cambs on route to Kathmandu
- 8 Drug dealer hid £130,000 at home
- 9 10-year-old's sponsored hair cut for Little Princess Trust
- 10 Handcuffed duo prepare to make London Marathon history
Warren managed to continue with the accompaniment as her character flirted with him while he was seated at the grand piano, an instrument he said afterward seems to improve with the years.
A glass of bubbly at the interval and a well-deserved encore (‘Clair de Lune’ by Debussy) made the evening just perfect.