MUSIC REVIEW - Rosanna Ter-Berg (Flute) and Leo Nicholson (Piano), South Holland Concerts, South Holland Centre, Spalding

Flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg who was partnered by pianist Leo Nicholson in the latest South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.
Flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg who was partnered by pianist Leo Nicholson in the latest South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.

Synchronised symphonies cast a spell in the flatlands

An audience in Spalding was taken on a musical mystery tour of classical works, both well-known and less-heralded in reputation.

Pianist Leo Nicholson who partnered flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg in the latest South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.

Pianist Leo Nicholson who partnered flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg in the latest South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.

The tour guides for this night with the classics at South Holland Centre were flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg and pianist Leo Nicholson who, despite the order of billing, was far from a supporting act to his entrancing partner.

Wearing a full-length red dress like a fearless Little Red Riding Hood, Rosanna revelled in playing the role of temptress for French composer Francois Borne’s Fantasie Brillante on themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

Borne was one of four Frenchmen to feature in the third instalment of this season’s series of South Holland Concerts, alongside Claude Debussy and the more obscure pair Francis Poulenc and Jacques Ibert.

Rosanna’s beguiling flute playing was at its most alluring for Debussy’s Six Epigraphes Antiques and Sonata for Flute and Piano by Northamptonshire musician William Alwyn, perhaps best known for his score for the Titanic-themed movie A Night to Remember.

There were solo performances from Leo with Franz Liszt’s Soiree de Vienne No 6 for Piano and Rosanna with Patrick Nunn’s Sprite which allowed the Hackney-born diva to show her mischievous side with a piccolo.

The night ended with a bonus encore of Ian Clarke’s Hypnosis - a fitting description for an enchanting night of melodies.

Review by Winston Brown