Review on The Straits Times of Singapore: “Virtuoso prowess on flute and piano”

Review of  the premiere of Sonata for flute and piano by Spanish flutist Roberto Alvarez in The Straits Times of Singapore:

“The concert opened with Elisenda Fábregas Flute Sonata, four movements of rhythmically tricky and aurally piquant musical textures. Its exoticism was an offshoot of the sound worlds of Debussy and Messiaen, dreamy and impressionistic in the slow movement, but picked up pace in the fleet-footed scherzo, an exercise in staccato playing that extended without a break into the finale.  Both Alvarez and pianist Shane Thio were pushed to wits’ end to overcome the complexities, but acquitted themselves marvelously.”