Lola Perrin’s recital began in contemplative fashion, with Abandon and Julia’s Chorus from her Silver Suite for solo piano. Having come in from the bustle, noise and bright lights of the Southbank Centre and the Embankment, the reverberating dreamy Debussy-esque chords had immediate effect in setting a peaceful mood – one could see some audience members’ shoulders visibly un-hunching as they relaxed into the evening. The energy level was soon raised, however, when Perrin was joined by elder brother Roland for a single-piano duet of G Mass, a fascinating trip through a variety of styles – one moment reminiscent of Nyman, the next Scriabin, or Keith Jarrett – all skilfully blended into a highly original whole. It was also fascinating to see and hear the two Perrins duetting, and drawing such different sounds from the same instrument; Lola’s warm, flowing groove in the bass contrasting with Roland’s spiky stabbing improvisatory style in the treble, in a way that almost shouldn’t have worked, yet entirely did… [read more here]

Programme (all by L Perrin)

Abandon & Julia’s Chorus (from the Silver Suite)
G Mass
Intertitles I
Going East

Performers

Lola Perrin (piano/synthesiser)
Natacha Atlas (voice)
Roland Perrin (piano)
Kate Shortt (cello)
Sarah Watts (bass clarinet)
Alexis Kirke (electronics)
Jonathan Bonnici (writer/narrator)
Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim (film makers)

Another Purcell Room gig where I’ve walked out of the auditorium at the end and immediately bought one of the albums of the artist that they were handily selling at a stall by the door. Ms Perrin was doing a signing, but I didn’t particularly want a personal message (what with not knowing her personally), so just asked her to autograph it. Hope she didn’t think I left off my name so I could flog it on eBay…

Internationally renowned pianist Idil Biret returns to join the Whitehall Orchestra in a celebration of Chopin’s 200th birthday.

Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes
Chopin: Andante Spinato and Grand Polonaise Brilliante
Schumann: Manfred overture
Chopin: Piano concerto in F minor (Op. 21)

7.30pm, Thursday 25 March 2010

St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Ticket information and online booking here.