Review: Joanne Edworthy, Maidenhead Music Society

Classical music lovers were given a special treat at Norden Farm last Thursday when High Wycombe mezzo soprano Joanne Edworthy sang at a concert presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

She opened her recital with songs from Debussy, followed by little-known works for cabaret by Britten. The centrepiece of the performance was Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ where Joanne was accompanied by local clarinettist Ben Aldren.

After the interval, Ben gave a riveting account of a theme and variations by Rossini, showing off his virtuosity with beautifullycontrolled high-speed passages and elegant tone.

Joanne returned to the stage to sing Spanish songs by Granados and Obradors before closing the concert interpreting witty compositions by Sondheim.

Her diction and articulation were exemplary, enabling every word to be clearly heard and her accents in French, Spanish and German were impeccably authentic. She added to the beautiful tone and clarity of her voice with facial expressions and body language which wonderfully illustrated the emotions she was singing about – passion, concern, wit, humour.

Pianist David Alexander accompanied with delicacy and sensitivity, and considerable technical talent.

- Maidenhead Music Society’s next concert is on Thursday April 25 at Norden Farm when the Linos Piano Trio will perform Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel. Visit www.maidenhea for season details.