Tasmin Little at Square Tower, Old Portsmouth (Portsmouth Festivities)

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It was an interesting decision to put such a renowned player in such a small venue, and not surprisingly the concert was sold out well before the day.

But it was an excellent choice for a solo violin recital and the intimacy of the space added considerably to the occasion.

Tasmin Little is a gifted communicator, and she introduced each work as well as providing an opportunity for questions. She commented that there were plenty of people who were technically better than her, but that this didn’t matter because it is the music that is important. I couldn’t agree more, and yet it was the showy aspects of her programme that came off the best.

Bach and Ysaÿe contain difficult passages which she despatched with ease, but also important is a sense of communication, most of all perhaps in the slow movement of Bartók’s solo sonata which was lacking.

Little has always been a champion of contemporary music and it was great to hear her play Paul Patterson’s Luslawice Variations. I had not heard this before, but it is a very strong and characterful work.