Bury St Edmunds Festival: Imogen Cooper’s sparkling recital

The Apex, Saturday

Four composers sang through Cooper’s playing which combined dynamic and masterful control with haunting poignancy.

The Haydn opener was a joy shared by pianist and audience where grandiose passages were sharply contrasted by her lightness of touch in the more lyrical moments.

Beethoven’s brooding Tempest sonata contained dark angry stridency mixed with emotional intensity and were again an example of Cooper’s strong interpretative playing.

The second half began with the brief but expressive Brahms Theme and Variations with rivulets of expressive sound from the keyboard while

the final Schumann’s Phantasiestücke Op 12 were eight differing moods moving through playful Grillen – Whims to the delicate and musing Das Abends – At Evening.

This sparkling recital was dedicated to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau the German baritone, famed for his interpretation of German lieder, who died on Friday. LA