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22 April 2013 - Recital with Ksenija Sidorova at 1901 Arts Club
Fiona Maddocks in The Observer reviews a performance that "repurified our cluttered world of ordered sound."

The Observer


"...the 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.

Gould 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."
The Observer, Fiona Maddocks

 

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