Review: Chamber Music from Debussy to Crane

Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
Anne Sophie Duprels (soprano) Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)

Musical Pointers website

…A short selection of varied songs ended the evening, the most affecting being 2 poignant songs by Charlotte Bray and Robert Fokkens - composers of the younger generation who are making their mark with original and memorable writing. These songs evoked some of Shakespeare’s sonnets arranged as haiku by Richard Thomas’ wife Caroline. The words and music were concentrated and beautiful, and perfectly executed by the soprano and pianist. We are told these two songs mark the start of an ongoing collaboration setting these haiku. We eagerly await more!

This moving and memorable evening was preceded by a pre-concert talk held between the composers and chaired, with customary panache, by BBC Proms presenter Katie Derham. Composers rarely do themselves justice in these events, but Bray and Fokkens charmed in their honesty and genuine passion for what they do.