Duo Terra Nova

Pianists Elodie Griscelli and Pierre-Bastien Midali were nothing less than magnifique when they performed a concert of French music at St Alfege parish church in Greenwich. The programme ranged from Saint-Saens’ familiar Danse Macabre (the basis of the theme tune of TV’s Jonathan Creek) to the more challenging works of Poulenc and Ravel. But for me the highlight of this four-handed performance on a singe grand piano was Erik Satie’s Three Pieces In The Form Of A Pear which – this being Satie – is in fact made up of seven pieces. Griscelli and Midali absolutely nailed the composition’s sense of fun as well as its ravishing melodies,  extraordinary harmonies and breathtaking complexity. There have been some wonderful free lunchtime concerts at St Alfege over the years but few have been quite as delightfully inspiring as this one.

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