Joel Munday & Lucas Krupinski, Sidmouth Recital, December 2020

© Sarah Hall, December 2020


Recital with Lucas Krupinski at Sidmouth Paris Church, 

12 December 2020.

J Bowerman, 14 December 2020

Devon-born Joel Munday (violin) teamed up with Polish pianist Lucas Krupinski in a special concert in Sidmouth Parish Church on Saturday 12th December coordinated by Roger Hendy, MD Isca Ensemble.


In Bach’s Violin Sonata BWV 1003, Joel Munday displayed an immaculately controlled technique producing clear, diligently shaped dynamics, agogics and articulation throughout with due attention to some finely crafted expression to every motif. With flawless intonation, his playing produced a serene and highly charged emotional atmosphere. 

Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata followed with great impact. The ensemble was superb and the musicians immediately conveyed the stature of this substantial piece. The urgency of the music swept onwards with Lucas Krupinski bringing out the many countermelodies and rhythmic quirks that bring this work close in style to Brahms. The emotional centre of the piece was the slow movement where poignant pianissimo pizzicato passages followed by a beautifully paced chorale theme were so lovingly developed by Joel. The performance found room for light and shade among busy energetic rhythms.

Joel Munday, Sidmouth Recital, December 2020

© Sarah Hall, December 2020

Lucas Krupinski then gave a truly outstanding performance of Ravel’s ‘La Valse’. His interpretation brilliantly set out to evoke Ravel’s aim to create ‘a dancing, whirling, almost hallucinatory ecstasy’. Playing with exceptional virtuosity, Lucas successfully projected all the extravagantly voluptuous Straussian episodes of the piece with great panache resulting in a standing ovation. 

Lucas Krupinski, Sidmouth Recital, December 2020

© Sarah Hall, December 2020

César Franck’s Violin Sonata was then performed with extraordinary maturity allowing the cyclical ideas of the piece to permeate through. Playing with a warm rich tone and supported by lush flowing piano accompaniment, Joel tastefully projected the swaying opening motif. In the Allegro the performers let loose with a gutsy, powerful sound whilst the beautifully crafted, anguished theme of the third movement conveyed yet more highly charged emotion. The musicians poured out their souls in the Allegro poco mosso aiming to drain every last ounce of sound from the violin and piano thus propelling the listeners towards the radiance of the triumphant final bars. The performance deservedly received a sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from the audience.


The concert was giving in memory of the late Joyce Hall from Sidmouth.