Edinburgh International Festival music review: Angela Hewitt, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main.
In an unusual recital alternating between Domenico Scarlatti and three of Spain’s greatest compositional names, it was as if pianist Angela Hewitt was showing her performing practice as two sides of the same coin at the Queen’s Hall yesterday morning.
Two centuries apart in their place in history, Scarlatti and the trio of Granados, Albéniz and Falla were hugely contrasting in the soundscapes she created. But no matter what she plays, Hewitt does so with an intellectual curiosity that has explored every facet of the music, resulting in very personal interpretations that are equally satisfying to performer and audience.
Scarlatti’s sonatas can sound deceptively simple. Hewitt brought liquid clarity to her two sets of four, with the most microscopic of detail heard to perfection, and appeared particularly to enjoy the sense of conversational dialogue that much of the music contains.
The flow of physicality as she plays was a joy to watch in Granados’s Danzas Espanolas. Albeniz was flawless as images of Seville, Asturias and Castile from his Suite Espanola cascaded from the keyboard. To finish, Falla’s complex Fantasia baetica, written for Rubinstein but hardly played by him, was astounding as a concluding tour de force.
Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015
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