A small selection of press comments on Annette's performances:
Cleary, Rudenko: National Concert Hall, Dublin
(Fri 23 Oct 2009, 1.05pm) Programme:Webern – Three Short Pieces Op 11, Liszt Sonata in B minor, Shostakovich Cello Sonata.
Irish cellist Annette Cleary and
Ukraine-born pianist Svetlana Rudenko opened their concert with a
serving of Webern at his most condensed. The three miniatures all
offered fleeting tastes of pristine tuning, intelligent
interpretation and taut dialogue.
Svetlana Rudenko followed with a
power-packed account of Liszt’s supreme Sonata in B minor that
revealed no inhibiting concerns for the practicable or even the
The more ferocious passages often
reached, and sometimes seemed to exceed, the maximum feasible
velocity of either pianistic execution or auditory assimilation.
Inevitably, there were fluffs;
intentionally perhaps, sentiment was strictly curtailed in the calmer
sections. Yet the perilous, unconditional virtuosity that took the
place of clarity and mellowness was a quite remarkable achievement of
Rudenko’s forcible musicality was an
easy match for the at-times formidable piano part of the Sonata in D
minor by Shostakovich. Here, though, nothing was going to upstage the
wisdom and skill of the cello playing.
Leaping over every technical hurdle
with easy agility, and turning every phrase with persuasive emotional
precision, Annette Cleary fully brought out the finest and most
philosophical qualities in both her instrument and the music. - ANDREW
JOHNSTON, Irish Times, Tuesday 27 October 2009
"...her rendering of Chopin's sonata was the finest of the evening...she fashioned out of this work a musical piece pulsating with deep feeling." -Stuttgarter Zeitung
"...Irish cellist Annette Cleary pleased me with the dynamic variation of her Bach Suite in C major. Her phrasing and her feeling for the formal structure of the music made for a performance of the highest lucidity. Above all the music danced...Cleary displayed a naturalness in her music which made for unfailing communicativeness." -The Star (South Africa)
"...she has a sweet tone and lyrical feeling...the rapid and somewhat surprising transitions of speed and mood were skilfully handled...The cantabile lines were played with expressive feeling and established an air of profundity...The perfomance attained an inner glow." - Irish Times
"...fine musicianship, excellent tone and imagination" -Sunday Tribune