January 21st
Jane Gordon, violin, Jan Rautio, piano


The Sunday coffee concert series at Kino has been steadily growing in popularity and it is easy to see why such a good crowd attended, even on a dull rainy day in January. To sit back in an armchair with a cup of coffee and croissant, enjoying some wonderful music, is a great way to start the day. The theatre creates a very good relaxed environment to see the performers up close and personal, away from larger more formal concert halls.

We were in for a real treat this Sunday as violinist Jane Gordon and her pianist Jan Rautio performed Beethoven, Bach and Debussy. Their playing was spectacular, showing brilliant virtuosity from both musicians who evidently have a wonderful rapport. Both can be found touring in the major concert halls across the UK and Europe. Understandably then, this performance was of a high calibre.

The Beethoven Spring Sonata was played in a wonderfully lyrical and singing manner, with delightful interaction from the players as melodies were passed over from violin to piano and back. The slow movement was particularly beautiful and played with great sensitivity, and the finale was exuberant with exciting and energetic playing.

Next they performed a short piece by Bach, a beautiful cantabile movement from one of the Obbligato Sonatas, played with a great sense of poise. Then followed the Debussy violin sonata which showed off many different instrumental effects and dazzling playing from both musicians.

What was also striking about the two performers was their ability to develop an open and ongoing rapport with the audience. Both gave insightful and often entertaining introductions to the music. They told captivating anecdotes and talked about the pieces in a way that made them come to life for everyone. The audience’s enthusiastic response – fully deserved – showed just how much this was appreciated.

Jane Gordon, a new resident to St Leonards-on-Sea, is the artistic director of the newly founded Hastings Early Music Festival, so expect to see some great concerts in the area this coming October 18th-21st. In the meantime, the duo will be returning to the Kino coffee concert series on Sunday 25th February. Not to be missed!


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