Erwin & Geoff

Erwin & Geoff

The piano duo of Erwin Heddima and Geoff Long provided a super lunchtime concert for the November 2019 Third Thursday at Twelve Thirty.

‘We’re in for a treat,’ said an audience member and we certainly were as duettists Erwin and Geoff began their piano concert.  With a rip-roaring start, they launched into four fabulous jazz and ragtime arrangements, guaranteed to get toes tapping.  The skill of their timing was really apparent here in the fast paced tempo.

Following on, five Spanish dances, composed by Moskowski, gave a vibrant sense of the staccato dance moves and the intensity of the dances.  These pieces were skilfully played, with lightness and panache.

Composer Mike Cornick was the next choice, with a beautiful version of ‘Swing low, sweet chariot’, perfectly conveying the sultry feeling of this spiritual. ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ came next, another opportunity to show the duettists’ skill in creating atmosphere.

Faure’s ‘Berceuse, Opus 56’ followed, a well-known and well-loved favourite.  Rachmaninov’s ‘Russian song, Opus 11’ provided a sense both of solemnity and yearning. This was a contrasting piece with a slower pace and showed both pianists’ expertise.

We were all delighted that Geoff and Erwin’s first public performance together was here in SMSG and part of our TT@TT programme.  The audience’s enthusiasm for these two excellent pianists was very evident and we would be delighted to have them back!

Words by Andrea Hearne, photo by Richard Hearne