Fine recital of woodwind music
Albert Shaun Hird, one of Jamaica's best flautists, presented a recital at the Jamaica
School of Music on April 9. Roger Williams was his accompanist on piano and Rafael
Salazar, clarinetist and Clive Cameron, oboist, were two supporting artistes in the second
part of the evening's fare.
Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe and Mrs Wolfe headed the large gathering of concert-goers,
and they all came away complimenting one of the best recitals of woodwind music given in a
Shaun Hird has studied in Dakota at the International Music Camp in 1987. In 1988, he
joined the Jamaica Military Band and in that he year he was sent on a one-year training
course to the prestigious Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music in England
where he passed his final exams with distinctions. He was also named the best overseas
student for the year.
The music feast started with CPE Bach's Sonata in G with two main contrasting movements
and one could immediately notice the masterly way the young flautist handled his
instrument which was in fine tune. The flautist is well-practiced and his runs and trills
are beautifully executed in true classical idiom; this shows a natural talent for his gift
of music performance. His next piece, Carl Reinecke Ballade, a more modem composition,
manifested his knowledge of styles of different composers, and the very lyrical exposition
of the whole alerted to that understanding.
The last piece in this section by Paul Hindemith, the Sonata from Kleine Kammermusik, a
very stiff piece of classical music by a modern composer, displayed from movements of
contrasting tempo and music of different tonal idiom.
Ricardo Drigos' Serenade from Les Millons D'alequin opened the recital again after
intermission and the song-like composition had the audience rapt at attention listening to
Clive Cameron, oboist, familiarised many there with the plaintive sound of his oboe
which we seldom hear in Jamaica as solo and in the Dringi Madeleine Trio for flute, oboe
and piano, complemented Mr Hird well. We would have loved to hear the oboe in more than
one presentation. Rafael Salazar, clarinetist par excellence from Cuba, now resident in
Jamaica joined Shaun Hird in the Pavane for flute, clarinet and piano by Faure and it was
too obvious that two wind players who love to play together were on stage. The dance-like
composition proved to be one of the audience's favourite one-movement pieces and received
'Lo Here The Gentle Lark' by Bishop and arranged by Winterbottom was the highlight
piece that evening. It was done for flute, clarinet and piano, and Roger Williams, an
excellent pianist, gave the two wind instruments their space to show off their excellence
in synchronization of sounds and complimentary tones. The piece was done well in the
character of its title.
Benjamin Goddard's Allegretto ended the programme and finally showed Shaun Hird's easy,
masterful way with his flute. Shaun Hird and Rafael Salazar display their talent again on
April 21 at Lloyd Hall's annual Good Friday concert at the University Chapel.