Matthew Fagan and Nicholas Young at Benalla Art Gallery - Review

By Simon Ruppert

The Matthew Fagan and Nicholas Young concert at Benalla Art Gallery is being hailed a success by those lucky enough to attend.

A large audience enjoyed the exciting and invigorating guitar and piano duets on Sunday afternoon.

Benalla's Alan Monger attended and said and they thrilled the audience with a mixture of well-known pieces and improvisation.

“The concert began with a terrific demonstration of the flying rhythms of Flamenco music to get everybody’s toes tapping and hearts beating a little faster,” Mr Monger said.

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“This was followed by a fascinating adaption of the Rodrigo Concierto Aranjuez modified considerably by the American jazz pianists Chic Corea and Keith Jarrett.

“Mr Young’s only solo was a movement from Ravel’s Miroirs the Alborada del Gracioso - it was a beautiful rendition of this extremely difficult piece.

“Matthew Fagan then played two fine solo items on his ten-string guitar, including crowd-favourite Memories of the Alhambra.

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“Some say that this is the perfect test of a guitar-player’s virtuosity.

“Three compositions by the great Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, were followed by a couple of lengthy tangos by the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, all demonstrating the marvellous rapport between these two outstanding musicians together with their brilliant individual technique.

“The concert concluded with a tremendous Malaguena and well-deserved enthusiastic applause.

“It was a joy to have these two fine musicians talking about the music and the instruments during the concert and also afterwards over a glass of wine and nibbles.

“Thanks to the Friends of the Benalla Art Gallery for making these regular concerts so enjoyable.”