|Nella Hunkins Cellist|
The Bach Duo
The Montpellier Duo
The Tivoli Trio
Nella and Kneale
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“Then came Shostakovich’s only Cello Sonata (Op.40) in a passionate reading by SSO principal cellist Nella Hunkins and pianist Low Shao Ying. Hunkins dedicated her performance of the elegiac slow movement to her Russian grandparents, with its heart- on-sleeve Slavic melancholy laid bare. Elsewhere, the duo revelled in the Russian’s curious blend of easy lyricism and spiky dissonance.
The see-sawing and obstinate rhythms of the Scherzo immediately brought to mind a performance of this movement in the very same venue by a ‘late great’ – Mstislav Rostropovich in 1992. That this evening’s performance could stand shoulder to shoulder speaks volumes; Hunkins’ generous artistry will be missed on her departure from the SSO.”
Straits Times, Singapore