Appearances can be deceptive

Momen-WatermanWhen David Waterman and Mishka Rushdie Momen walked on for Milverton Concert Society’s latest concert on 12th March, the notion of teacher-pupil was irresistible.

But from the first delicate notes from diminutive Momen on the piano, the relationship was clearly much more balanced, with the professorial Waterman at times working hard on the ‘cello to match the much younger pianist in short pieces from Beethoven and Schumann.

Momen’s moment came in her sublime solo performance of Schubert’s intense Fantasie in C Major, her left hand providing a steadying influence on the impatient right to emerge dominant by the end.

It was only after the interval that Waterman revealed to the Milverton church audience that when he was 24 like Momen, he was just starting out on a teaching and performing career which culminated in his 38 years with the Endellion Quartet.

Brahms ‘Cello Sonata no.1 in E Minor is perhaps too familiar from the world’s greatest cellists, but in this case, the piano may have been too forceful, with less rapport between the two performers than might have been expected.

The balance was restored in the final piece, with Waterman’s light and lyrical touch on Dvorak’s Waldesruhe, the piano softer in support.

Review by Jeremy Toye