Astonishing tour de force by Angela Hewitt this week at her annual Trasimeno Music Festival .
Two concerts a day in some of the most beautiful theatres that one can find in every unexpected corner of Umbria and Le Marche.
The first concert of the day today in the beautiful theatre in Bevagna – beautifully restored and thankfully air conditioned for the concert at 16h repeated at 21.15 in Angela’s hometown of Magione on Lake Trasimeno in the open air of the Castle of the Knights of Malta …….with a fresh breeze blowing from the shore of Lake Trasimeno.
A spanish programme that was heard this winter at the Wigmore Hall in London.
If we came out into the tropical heat of the delightful main square ( 40 degrees in the shade) clicking our heels and stamping our feet it was due to the stamina and rhythmic impulse that Angela gave to the music .Even transporting her own magnificent Fazioli from her nearby home to give us the maximum possible of refined sounds..
This,of course is what we have come to expect and admire in Angela’s Bach playing.The subtle colours of the song allied to the strong unfailing rhythms of the dance .
Even more evident here was also the supreme virtuosity of the Fantasia Baetica by De Falla contrasting with the sumptuous seductive sounds of The Maiden and The Nightingail by Granados.
Strong playing of the Scarlatti sonatas, too, so often played as miniatures.Each one here given its own voice and character .
What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon – far away from the crowded beaches with this lovely audience listening to this magnificent music in rapt attention.
Now we know where all the Wiggies spend their holidays .As always the most refined discerning of listeners .Their secret is out….who knows perhaps Angela next year will have to give three concerts a day to satisfy the demand .You have been warned Dear Angela