SONATA DUO

(The Star, Jhb.)
For the classicist there was the Beethoven in G, a bustling babbling brook kind of essay with a slow movement that breaths new romanticism which brings out the best in Mony's fiddle after an opening Allegro that was a shade forced and a finale that could have been more tripping. Both artists obviously reveled in Strauss' youthful splurge written with half an ear to the better known Frank sonata of the same period. Its mock heroics in the finale sounded like a trial-run for themes later to be embellished by the gamut of orchestral color. As for the Prokofiev, it was always vivid, and by their virile treatment the artists kept the interest sustained.
Walter Mony's fine left hand technique and his effortless bowing were outstanding features of his playing. It was clear from the beginning of the performance that he is an accomplished artist. The brilliant execution of the short pieces and the mature phrasing were equally appreciated by the audience. Paganini's 12th Sonata and the Scherzo from a Sonata by Prokofiev which were given as encores, proved to be amongst the most satisfying of performances of the evening. There was no doubt that this concert had the effect of a good tonic on the audience.

University Great Hall: Walter Mony - Adolphe Hallis Recital
Admirable sonata duo
For such as recherché programme as Adolphe Hallis (piano) and Walter Mony (violin) chose for their recital in the University Arts Festival, no large audience could be expected. The main pleasure was to find two seasoned performers differing so much in age and style yet making such a well-matched sonata pair. Thus combined, they gave of their best in the Beethoven sonata opus 30, no. 3 - specially in the full-flowing outer movements. Richard Strauss's sonata Op. 19 turned out to be more remarkable for rarity than either as creation or performance. Apart from what sounded like echoes of "Don Juan" and "Till" - though predating them - I found the work inflated. Prokofiev's sonata Op. 94 however, got just the right blend -- percussive but still smiling sprightliness in its end.

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