April 2002 edition
Purcell Room, London : 8 January 2002
audience numbers at the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series indicate that word
is spreading fast about this rewarding annual fixture, containing mainly new music.
Richard Harwood (8 January) is a fine musician, with a well-considered blend of
flamboyance and sensitivity. His colourful programme began with a searingly beautiful
elegy by Dominic Muldowney, entitled 'A Sad Pavane for these Distracted Times'.
An accompanying douple-stopped drone never compromised the songful melancholy
and bitter grief of the 'cello's surging themes.
Grange's 'Nocturnal Image' was more ephemeral but demanded meticulous control
in its whispered alternations of fluttered fragments and more flowing ideas. Harwood's
delicate tone sketched the subtle contrasts in its dark-hued palette of colours.
The soulful lament of 'Siward's River Song', by Martin Butler, the series' featured
composer, was spellbinding, Harwood's silvery tone soaring out."