Splendid Margarita: Sensitivity, Passion and Precision
Our first concert of the 2006/7 season was given in October by the superb Spanish guitarist Margarita Escarpa.
Our stage has been graced many times by wonderful musicians, but even by our high standard Margarita Escarpa's recital stands out. Her lively and engaging programme started with the works of three Spanish composers: Sor, Aguado and Albeniz.
And what a wonderful rendition was given to each of the works: romantic Fantasia No.7 by Sor, passionate Fandango by Aguado and three beautifully colourful miniatures by Albeniz.
The second half was dedicated to the music from the Americas: Argentinian Piazzola, Brazilian Villa Lobos and Venezuelan Lauro.
The music of all three countries has been much influenced by the Spanish; perhaps this is one of the reasons for Margarita's truly convincing interpretation of each of the wonderful composers.
Her guitar was exploding with passion and anger when she played Piazzola. With formidable ease her lucid fingers forged the emotional rollercoasters in Lobos' Preludes. With Lauro's sentimental, touching melodies she truly caressed our hearts!
Between the pieces she was talking about her music with real charm and ease and yet when she played she was totally immersed. Margarita said after the performance that she enjoyed playing for our audience (which was full to capacity) and promised to come back.
Thanks to everyone who helped to organise this wonderful recital. In particular to Richard & Kathy Prior who looked after Margarita after the concert and even took her to the airport the following day. What a splendid beginning to the season!