Sutherland Duo open Bute Arts Society concert series

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Christina Lawrie and Harriet Mackenzie, together known as The Sutherland Duo, opened Bute Arts Society’s 203-14 concert season in style at Rothesay Pavilion on October 4.

Pianist Christina and violinist Harriet, both highly acclaimed musicians in their own right, came to Bute for the last in a five-date series of concerts across Argyll and Bute, and captivated their Rothesay audience with a varied programme which began with Bach’s Sonata in G minor and also featured Schubert’s Sonatina in A minor - a substantial and challenging work despite the name.

The first half of their programme concluded with a superb arrangement by Jascha Heifetz of two George Gershwin pieces, Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So.

The second half began with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher and concluded with Edvard Grieg’s Sonata No 3 in C minor, featuring three complex but wonderfully-played movements which painted all sorts of musical pictures in the minds of the listeners.

An encore of Jules Massenet’s Meditation set the seal on a superb evening of chamber music, leaving the audience looking forward eagerly to the next date in the BAS concert series, featuring jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis on Friday, November 1.

* For a full review of the Sutherland Duo’s Rothesay concert, don’t miss the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 10.