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The Times 15th December

Brahms Cello Sonata in F major,op 99

London Debut

Julian Lloyd Webber and Clifford Benson made their first London appearance as a cello and piano duo on Tuesday. Mr Lloyd Webber's cello tone is full and clear, his control assured: this combination worked like a dream in the nostalgic effusion of Delius's sonata. Beethoven's Op 102 No2 in D demands more varied qualities; the players caught some of the slow movement's heavenly introspection, and contributed intelligent ideas elsewhere, notably the first movement coda and the lead into the finale. They had less to say in their opening Vivaldi sonata but Brahms's Op99 pulsed with life-blood.

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