Review: Violinist Lucy Russell and harpsichordist John Butt at St John’s Church, Buxton

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These two distinguished musicians gave an impressive performance . Their programme .mainly consisted of JS Bach.

John Butt played Preludes and Fugues from the Well Tempered Clavicord with great skill.

Lucy Russell played the world premiere of a modern work for solo violin on her Baroqueviolin, seven short scherzi by John Woolrich. She played this twice, with an explanation after the first performance and it was worth repeating.

Yet the highlight of the concert was the two Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1019 and BWV 1015): they really captured the symmetry and the lucidity of the composer. Their joint performance was sustaining and brilliant.

I bought the CD and played it driving home across the Peak District.