January - February 2005
Harwood and Connie Shih at the Purcell Room
are some recitals after which the reviewer feels the inadequacy of words to do
full justice in describing the artists' mesmerising power over the listeners.
Richard Harwood and Connie Shih's Cello and Piano recital in the Purcell Room
on 18 October was such an occasion.
deep, searching, individual musicianship was evident throughout Mendelssohn's
Variations Concertantes, Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Janácek's
Pohadka and Frank Bridge's Sonata, particularly the subtleties and lightness
of touch in the Schubert, where every phrase had the natural pace of a great singer,
and the out-and-out passion and strength of the Frank Bridge.
Shih's impressive pianism was distinguished by warm pianissimi, incredibly
deft finger-work and torrential outbursts of orchestral sonority.
it was the intense musicianship of these two truly outstanding performers which
persuaded me that those who were at the recital will talk about their memorable
and original playing."