April 2013 - Recital with Ksenija Sidorova at 1901 Arts Club
Maddocks in The Observer reviews a performance that "repurified our cluttered
world of ordered sound."
glorious Latvian accordion player Ksenija Sidorova and the versatile Thomas Gould,
whose violin playing reaches the parts few others do, gave a short recital at
the intimate 1901 Arts Club, near London's Waterloo station. Works ranging from
Bach to Schnittke demonstrated the exotic colours of both instruments, which sounded
at their Gypsy-like best in Bartók's Romanian folk dances and Monti's Csárdás.
Piazzolla's Café 1930, from Histoire du Tango, had a luxuriant, sexy melancholy.
and Sidorova, sparks flying, introduced each piece. The audience chuckled and
cheered in response. This is the second time this year I have raved about a squeezebox
player after a lifetime's silence on the entire topic. Something is stirring in
the bellows-driven, free-reed aerophone undergrowth. Simplest formats are the
most revealing, starting with Orpheus and his lyre. These two young musicians
showed what they can do, and what can be done, with their instruments. In so doing,
they repurified our cluttered world of ordered sound."
Observer, Fiona Maddocks