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Geoffrey Hopkins in concert: Beethoven piano sonatas

first_imgA programme consisting solely of Beethoven’s piano sonatas promised to be a challenging recital, but also a very rewarding experience for any pianist or listener.  The concert was performed by Oxford resident, Geoffrey Hopkins, at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda’s College, on 18th January.  Despite containing music written by solely one composer, the recital was very varied.  Hopkins chose three sonatas, which were written at different stages of Beethoven’s life, and therefore differed greatly in style.    The opening sonata (Sonata in C major, op.2 no.3) was written in the early years of Beethoven’s compositional career and demonstrates the influence of early-classical period composers such as Mozart and Haydn.  Hopkins’ rendition of this sonata began wonderfully, with an expressive melody-line and secure finger-work.  The chords throughout were generally well balanced, although some of the larger chords lacked emphasis on the top line, and thus perhaps felt a little heavy for the style.  The third (Scherzo and Trio) movement was particularly enjoyable, although could perhaps have been a little more energetic, since some of the ‘bounce’ of the music was lost in the scalic passages.  The second sonata Hopkins played (Sonata in F minor, op. 57,‘Appassionata’) contrasted greatly with the first piece.  Hopkins seemed to enjoy the later, more romantic style, and this was evident in his performance. The tone was appropriately warm throughout all three movements of the work, and the first movement displayed some particularly impressive technical playing.  Hopkins’ performance of the ‘Appassionata’ sonata was particularly warmly received.    The final piece was Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor (op. 111).  This is the final sonata that Beethoven wrote for piano, and contains some unusual harmonies and chromaticism.  Again, Hopkins’ playing was striking and very stylistically fitting; the second movement was particularly beautiful and expressive.  Overall, Hopkins’ playing throughout this concert was convincing and technically assured, and the programme well chosen.  However, the concert perhaps deserved a more lively encore than that chosen by Hopkins.  After the intensity of the final two sonatas, a playful Beethoven scherzo or Schubert impromptu may have been more appropriate a conclusion than the slow movement from Beethoven’s G major sonata (op. 59).  In general, however, the audience was very impressed by Hopkins’ performance.    by Sarah Blackfordlast_img read more

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Contemporary Setauket Home With Sound Views Asks $1.2M

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Captivating sunrises and sunsets in a naturalistic setting with spectacular views of the Long Island Sound are the main selling point of this house listed for sale at 18 Waterview Ln. in Setauket.Built in 1982 and situated on more than two acres, this five-bedroom Contemporary with 4,500-square-feet of living space has three bathrooms and nearly 300 feet of waterfront on West Meadow Creek with a permit for a dock. Amenities include a temperature-controlled wine cellar and geothermal air conditioning and heating.The house features a magnificent, recently remodeled eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, recreation room, den, great room, a loft on the third floor and three fireplaces. Outside it has a two-car attached garage, wraparound deck and room for a pool.The property is within a mile of the Old Field Club and West Meadow Beach. It’s also near downtown Port Jefferson, one of the most popular Main Streets on Long Island. It’s also in the highly ranked Three Village School District.The asking price is $1,298,500, not including the annual property taxes of $35,530.The real estate agent listed for the property is Kelley Taylor of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 631-549-4400.last_img read more

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Britt man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

first_imgMANLY — A Britt man accused of sexual abuse has pleaded not guilty. 21-year-old Devonta Hinton is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the early morning hours of July 30th. Manly police say in a criminal complaint that an officer saw video evidence of a sexual act on a cell phone that the girl owned. Police say that Hinton told them they were both high on marijuana at the time and that it was not the first time they had gotten together to have sex. An officer says the girl admitted that she and Hinton had sex a few days earlier. Hinton has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Hinton pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. His trial is scheduled to start on December 11th.last_img read more