Press

The Financial Times

“Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson made a first-rate flute and piano duo, who shone in everything they touched, from sultry Jolivet to neo-romantic David Matthews. The highlight of their contributions was Edwin Roxburgh’s Flute Music with an Accompaniment for Flute and Piano (1986), where the skilfully crafted give-and-take of the parts was rewarded with some razor-sharp playing. Ter-Berg also added a solo piccolo encore in Patrick Nunn’s Sprite – short, witty, inventive.”

Classical Source

“Flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg in many ways stole the evening. She produced a full and fruity sound without losing the instrument’s silvery quality and played with unstinting virtuosity and personality. André Jolivet’s Chant de Linos (1944) found Ter-Berg’s flute seducing us. She unerringly caught the volatile mood-swings, brought off with devilish bravado. If the term avant-garde still has any currency, then it came to mind during Edwin Roxburgh’s Flute Music with an Accompaniment (1986), populated by note-bending, harmonics and flutter-tonguing. This is music of heightened expression and rapidity, sometimes nightmarish, but also engaging in its unpredictability, for limpid lyricism blossomed later. It was a pleasure to hear the elegant craftsmanship of David Matthews in his Duet Variations (1982), beginning from deep in the forest, suggestive of cool breezes, restlessness turning to impishness and a witty pay-off. In all of these pieces, Leo Nicholson accompanied with assurance and sensitivity, always part of the picture and never tilting the balance his way, although at times he couldn’t quite match the presence and personality of Ter-Berg. She ended her contribution with an unaccompanied piece for piccolo, Patrick Nunn’s Sprite (1998) that found her walking away twittering agilely – and very nearly was not seen again. Once again, PLG has introduced us to some outstanding young musicians and to worthwhile music that otherwise might not come our way.” ****

The Independent

“…the spotlight fell on some outstanding young players: flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg, pianist Leo Nicholson… First Ter-Berg and Nicholson zapped us with Jolivet’s ‘Chant de Linos’, a test-piece for flute examinations with dizzy virtuosic requirements. They followed this with Edwin Roxburgh’s oddly-named ‘Flute Music with an Accompaniment for Flute and Piano’ and David Matthews’s ‘Duet Variations’: in the former Ter-Berg extracted shakuhachi-style harmonics from her instrument, and in the latter she drew out the tensile strength in the musical lines; ending with Patrick Nunn’s three-minute piccolo solo ‘Sprite’, she made a theatrical exit.” ****

The Gloucestershire Echo

“ROSANNA Ter-Berg’s amazing flute wizardry compared favourably with Harry Potter’s wand-waving magic. In a bewitching red gown she lured us like a siren into a world of new sounds with extended contemporary techniques. Flutter-tonguing, air-notes, multi-phonics and tongue snaps created a new dimension. Performing technically challenging modern compositions with ease, Rosanna and interpretative, trustworthy piano partner Leo Nicholson hypnotised the audience. Frank Martin’s Ballade For Flute And Piano built mini-climaxes through contrasting tempos, volume and a centrally-placed broodingly beautiful flute solo. Technical explorations in Edwin Roxburgh’s Flute Music With Accompaniment produced new textures. Skilful simultaneous entries after repeated long pauses and syncopated exchanges showed the remarkable rapport between the duo. Sparkling with mischief, Patrick Nunn’s Sprite for solo piccolo ended with a repeating motif in trill-like fashion displaying amazing breath control as Rosanna circumnavigated the piano and moved off-stage still playing. Mike Mower’s Scree from Sonata No 3 swung with jazzy rhythms, piano glissandos and continuous use of the flute’s higher register. The music slipped, slid and tumbled concluding an evening of fascination and enchantment.”

The Times

“Ter-Berg and Nicholson were far more convincing in flute-and-piano pieces by Jolivet, Edwin Roxburgh and David Matthews. Their rapport was exemplary, and they also captured the wit and warmth of music that could easily bamboozle young players with its technical demands. And in Ter-Berg’s nimble fingers Patrick Nunn’s mischievous three-minute Sprite for solo piccolo was far more intoxicating than its lemonadey name suggested.”

The Independent on Sunday

“In Jolivet’s Chant de Linos and David Matthews’s Duet Variations flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg revealed an unusually dark, opulent tone between the obligatory cascades of semiquavers. Edwin Roxburgh’s sylvan Flute Music with an Accompaniment was more imaginative in its distribution of material between flute and piano (Leo Nicholson) and crisply evocative of reed and breath, feather and beak. Patrick Nunn’s Sprite for solo piccolo had unexpected bite but a twee ending.”

The Guardian

“The rest of the music came from the young, super-charged flute of Rosanna Ter-Berg and her confident but less flamboyant accompanist Leo Nicholson. The pair made an excellent impression in Edwin Roxburgh’s playful but seriously demanding Flute Music With an Accompaniment and in David Matthews beautifully crafted Duet Variations.” ****

The Telegraph

“In Monday’s concert flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg displayed a big sound and a personality to match, and she and pianist Leo Nicholson brought out all the statuesque grandeur of David Matthews’ Duet Variations, as well as its moments of humour and pathos.”

Musical Pointers

“Flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg was a delight to watch playing as well as to hear. After André Jolivet’s Chant de Linos (1944) she introduced Edwin Roxburgh’s effective Flute Music with an Accompaniment (1986), which extends the flute’s vocabulary as Roxburgh has been doing for his own instrument, the oboe…Rosanna Ter-Berg ended her contribution solo with a tiny piece for piccolo, Patrick Nunn’s unaccompanied little Sprite, which packed in a lot of technical tricks and earned great applause.”

Bach Track

“In the first half, Ter-Berg and Nicholson played André Jolivet’s Chant de Linos, a 1944 examination piece for the Paris Conservatoire, and Flute Music with an Accompaniment by Edwin Roxburgh. Both pieces were stretching in the extreme, but delivered with a remarkable lightness of touch. Jolivet’s complex, post-Debussian study required enormous technical control, flitting capriciously between registers and tonal colours. Roxburgh’s piece (whose apparently plain title is in fact a quotation from a Robert Browning poem) asked perhaps even more of Ter-Berg, deploying techniques such as flutter-tonguing and note-bending and exploring the flute’s extreme high register. The technical ease and exemplary, calm musicianship of both Ter-Berg and Nicholson made a walk in the park of these demanding works… Ter-Berg and Nicholson had returned for David Matthews’ Duet Variations and Patrick Nunn’s piccolo solo Sprite. Matthews’ Variations are an attractive set which sounded very intricately composed, but retained a certain looseness. They provided Ter-Berg with another opportunity to exhibition her excellent command of tone, and Nicholson accompanied again with subtlety and humour. Sprite is an enchanting, rapid showpiece which drew a lively audience response.

All the pieces were performed with brilliant technical flair, and a real sense of ease with the complex material. This was a wonderful celebration of these emerging performers, who will all be well worth following in the coming months.” ****

The Eastbourne Herald

“The soloist for Reinecke’s Flute Concerto was Rosanna Ter-Berg, this year’s winner of the ESO’s young soloist competition. Her fresh, romantic interpretation gave a warm lyrical reading of the first movement, followed by some darker colouring in the slow movement. A faultless technique was evident throughout and this was particularly noticeable in the effervescent finale, allowing the flute to sparkle in the passagework.”

Chevra

“The audience at a recent lunchtime concert in the West End were enchanted by the magical flute playing of Rosanna Ter-Berg…She played a variety of 20th century works for flute and piano…the highlight was her solo rendition of Edwin Roxburgh’s Stardrift for Solo Flute. The composer himself was present and came forward at the end of Rosanna’s performance to compliment her on the quality of her rendition of a piece that was commissioned by the British Flute Society in 1992 to display the widest range of the instrument’s characteristics.”