Eclectic and enjoyable evening in Swineshead

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AN eclectic programme of music, performed by Michael Bochmann (violin) and Adam Khan (guitar) provided the audience at Swineshead Village Hall on Friday, April 20 with a most enjoyable evening writes BRIAN MOORE.

There is very little music written especially for this instrumental combination, so most of their programme relied on arrangements. They began with music firmly entrenched in the European tradition by J.S. Bach and Schubert. Bach’s ‘Sonata in G’, originally with keyboard accompaniment, and Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, originally for a ‘cello-like instrument with piano accompaniment though performed with great accomplishment, could not quite match the impact of the original instrumentation.

For the second part of the concert we were transported to South America with works by Gonzalez, Piazzolla, Millet, some as guitar solos. As a counterbalance, Michael Bochmann played his own ‘English to the core’ arrangement for solo violin of ‘Country Gardens’ and the evening ended with four Welsh Folk-Songs. Welsh? Yes, for these arrangements were made and performed for the Welsh settlement in Argentinian Patagonia!

An eclectic, enjoyable evening indeed.