Percussion duo's party is bang on.
The repertoire of this percussion combination of Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell is so wide-ranging that they are regularly broadcast on Radio Two as well as Radio Three.
From the moment they turned the applause for their initial appearance into the beginning of the fanfare Bongo Fury to the concluding Minute Waltz - here renamed Minute and 23 Seconds Waltz due to the time required to manoeuvre round each other in this four hands on one marimba version - their energy, stupendous techniques, comedy and musicianship were irresistible.
Their programme centred on two marimbas and a vibraphone working outwards into percussion which was used sparingly - only in Bongo Fury and the second half opener 42nd Street Rondo were drums allowed to let rip.
Their marimbas sounded magically O Duo TITLE: Huddersfield Music Society VENUE: St. Paul's Hall, Huddersfield BY: CHRIS ROBINS expressive in two movements from Albniz' Espa[+ or -]ola Suite and combined with St. Paul's Hall's generous acoustic to set up ethereal undertones and overtones in Bach and Chopin Etudes.
Their arrangement of the Dave Brubeck Quartet number Take Five reminded us why this music was so influential and Monti's Cs[sz]rd[sz]s gave us a riotous touch of burlesque.
The most atmospheric and profound work was O Duo's own Searching.
It grew from a shimmering chord which developed into a pulsing effect reaching an anxious climax on the introduction of cymbal and drum before subsiding.
* GOOD VIBRATIONS: Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox have wide appeal
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Apr 4, 2012|
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