Karis Stretton has played in several famous city churches in London and clearly enjoyed entertaining us in a significant Edinburgh church with a recital on ‘nature’s inspiration’ from Debussy, Sierrra and Scriabin and ‘for folk’ from Cardew, Rzewski and Bartok.
For the shorter pieces she exuded the inspiration she had come to give us and needed no music. The longer were quite long enough for this reviewer’s taste but proficiently performed. A Bartok Romanian Folk Dance was her short encore. It’s a pity we were not to hear her speak about any of the music she had chosen; it would have added to our pleasure
Music: 19th and 20th century piano music
© Barnaby Miln. 23 August 2007. First published on www.edinburghguide.com.