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Ana-Maria Vera, Reviews

The Times, 3rd February 2003
Joshua Bell/Ana-Maria Vera
By Hilary Finch - Wigmore Hall/Radio 3

...Bell's pianist was Ana-Marķa Vera, and the coiled energy of her piano arabesques raised the temperature of Bell's own searing opening chords. Then, as harmonic and rhythmic instability increased, so Bell seemed determined to push his playing to its physical extremes. The fusion of this with the sheer polish and technical perfection of his performance was particularly thrilling. An improvisatory, dream-like quality revealed the very heart of Schumann in the finely spun song of the slow movement.

And then Beethoven's last Violin Sonata: No 10 in G major; and another wonder of partnership. As trills and fragile slivers of phrase were shaped into filigree by Bell's bow, so Vera's fingers opened up the expansive and expanding arpeggios.

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