Robin did the first of two concerts yesterday on the QM2. The theatre was full and by all accounts it went very well.
He started with Malaguena which is a traditional piece that he arranged. It certainly wakes everyone up and is not an easy piece to start a performance with. I suppose it's a bit like selling a house, most people make their minds up in the first few moments, so you want to win the audience over as soon as you can.
This was followed by some Tarrega, Lute Pieces, a traditional piece, Reis, Iradier and then Sabicas.
The audience must have liked it, as the signing session afterwards was very busy, and the assistant helping told Robin that some guests had been in requesting his CD on weeks when he wasn't even on board!
That has got to be good.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman