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Adonis, Op.105

Category Chamber Music > Instrumental - Strings
Composed 2007
Duration (approx) 12 minutes

Violin and piano

Recording(s) Romanza
Publisher Faber Music

Presteigne Festival

First performance 26 August 2007
Venue St Andrew's Church, Presteigne
Soloists / Players Sara Trickey (violin), Gretel Dowdeswell (piano)
Review Geoff Brown, The Times, 29 August 2007

David Matthews's 12-minute Adonis seemed of almost romantic opulence. A musical recreation of the Greek myth, the performance needed better balanced sound between Adonis's stand-in (Gretel Dowdeswell, piano) and the Venus of Sara Trickey's violin. But nothing dampened the resourceful use of a Welsh folksong, flowering in full at the end, or the flexible pleasures of Matthews's style.