Gwilym Simcock & Yuri Goloubev
St. George’s Church, Hove
Wednesday 9th July, 2014
Those who have heard the album Reverie at Schloss Elmau would have known what to expect from this duo: lots of virtuosity and ingenious playing.
Critics of Gwilym Simcock often argue that his technical virtuosity overshadows any emotional depth. None of this was evident, with heartfelt soloing and warm, intelligent playing from both musicians, with each exhibiting an astonishing rapport.
The standard I Hear A Rhapsody was given a very new treatment with little traces of the melody bouncing back and forth.
They performed both the intriguing Simcock original Plain Song and Yuri’s cheeky little tribute, Vain Song in two sets that encompassed what both of these exceptionally talented musicians are capable of.
(photo courtesy of David Forman)