It was on the 19th of February in one of the “Lunchtime Concerts” promoted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) that cello and piano filled the Shaw library with harmony and talent.
The duo was composed by Bartholomew LaFollete, violoncellist born across the sea, in Philadelphia, USA, but rewarded and highly regarded in Britain where he won the Classical Music Award from The Arts Club’s and Decca Records, in 2013, and the Singapore-born English pianist, Caroline Palmer, piano professor at the Guildhall since 1990 who has a long career as a chamber musician and soloist, counting performances in a hand full of countries both in Europe and America.
|Fig 1: Bartholomew LaFollete|
In a concert just under a hour, the two musicians guided the audience through the genius work of Nadia Boulanger, full of emotion and contrast, impressed in a fluid and intense interpretation of Gabriel Faure’s Cello Sonata Nº1 in D minor Op.109, and finished with the revolutionary composition work of Francis Poulenc with his Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.143.
A humble, though of high quality, spectacle, part of the public events promoted by the LSE which includes, beside the concerts, public lectures, discussions and exhibitions on a high diversity of topics.
Bartholomew LaFollete website: http://www.bartholomew-lafollette.com/