Ludlow Advertiser – October 2005

“Morgan’s mastery enthrals audience?
Ludlow Advertiser, MB

MORGAN Szymanski’s guitar recital on Saturday for Ludlow Music Society was an eye-opener in many ways.

Much of the music would have been unfamiliar. However, Morgan’s sensitive playing must have left his audience wanting to learn more about such composers as Agustin Barrios – known as the Paganini of the jungles of Paraguay – and Alec Roth, who has written four works for him.

The recital at Moor Park was the society’s annual Young Artists Platform Concert, under the auspices of the Countess of Munster’s Trust.

Morgan is a born communicator. He has the rare gift of being able to make his instrument sing. This came over particularly in music by Simone Iannarelli and the arresting evocation by Barrios of the calm and beauty of the Cathedral in Asuncion, Paraguay.

There was also fire in his playing, notably in the Suite Espanola by Albeniz. His dancing finger work in the final Asturias still haunts my waking hours afterwards. Any arts festival organiser should grab Morgan now, before his diary is too full.

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