The piano duet recital given by Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa at the Wigmore Hall on 24th November, presented by the Kirckman Concert Society, was interesting programme of established masterpieces for the medium alongside a new work by the British composer Edwin Roxburgh, who, amazingly it seems, celebrates his 70th birthday this year. He certainly does not begin to look his age and the perennial youthfulness of his musical work betokens a mind constantly refreshed by a young outlook. The work in question, receiving its World Premiere, was Homage to Debussy, a splendid piece in three movements, each suggested as it were by one of the French master’s works, Roxburgh’s titles being Jardins sur la neige, L’Isle enchantée and Reflets dans la Glace, the music suffused by a welcome neo-Impressionism, underpinned by a strong sense of contrapuntal writing and keyboard colouration, especially in the second piece. The performance greatly pleased the composer and was keenly enjoyed by the large and appreciative audience. Earlier, the recital had begun with two works by Schubert, the Allegro in A minor and the great F minor Fantasie, and in the second half we heard Debussy’s own Six Epigraphes Antiques followed by the original first piano duet version of La Mer, which was orchestrated a few month later. These were both outstandingly well played.