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Concert review from the Strad: January 2000
(Reproduced by kind permission of the Strad magazine)

Rohan de Saram (cello), Druvi de Saram (piano)
Wigmore Hall, 17th October 1999

Rohan de Saram's commitment to modern music has given his admirers few chances to hear him in conventional cello repertoire in recent years. No wonder there was a real buzz among the capacity audience, Including a number of Sri Lankans supporting their leading chamber music duo.
This recital marked the 40th anniversary of the great cellist's debut. He cast off the years with a colossal performance of the Kodály Solo Sonata which will stay with me as long as I live. The interpretation went far beyond virtuosity into that exalted sphere where only the most timeless music-making resonates.
His bowing in the second movement was of an indescribable eloquence.
Younger brother Druvi de Saram was, as ever a fine foil... always putting the music before any personal display...
After the interval we had the Debussy Sonata* which seemed to catch every facet of this strange piece; then came a surprise - a performance of the Strauss Sonata* which did not ramble but held the attention from first note to last. Fittingly, the duo's first encore was the lovely arrangement of Granados's Goyescas intermezzo made by Rohan's teacher Gaspar Cassadó.

©2000 Tully Potter

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