Complete Beethoven Concerti
- Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 13:48
I'm thrilled to be embarking on a fascinating 9-month journey through arguably the greatest and most perfectly formed series of works for piano and orchestra. First port of call is no. 1 in C major (however he actually wrote this after the 2nd) and it's full of the typical early-classical joyous spirit, elegance and gallant style, with a particularly witty last movement, with a central section which even today sounds wild and almost 'groovy'. Beethoven was a good 100-years ahead of his time and here makes us smile at every turn. The slow movement is sublime, glowing lyricism. The Coriolan Overture and jubilant 1st Symphony make up the rest of the programme. I'm grateful to Ben Knowles for inviting me and to all the young players of the London Beethoven Orchestra for all the hard work they are putting in.
- Published on Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:52
I'm happy to report that I'm back to full fitness after suffering a broken shoulder in May as a result of a nasty cycling accident. I was slated to play Brahms Concerto no. 1 in last June's Ulverston International Music Festival, and was devastated at the time not to be able to perform this most passionate of piano concertos. Any one who has a similar injury would be well advised to 'shoulder Brahms' and practice this piece; the tremelando octaves are the prefect medicine to aid movement in the joint. Swimming is very much on the agenda too - I'm contemplating swimming from Dover to Calais and performing a concert on each side of the channel!
- Published on Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:29
I'm looking forward to my CD released for sale in the New Year. I'm currently preparing the liner notes and it's fascinating to delve into Skryabin's life and discover links between his perosnality and music. I've just produced a little 'blogumentary' about the marked change in style from the early Chopinesque period to hs later works which veer towards atonality. Watch this space.
Wigmore Hall Performance
- Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:38
I am looking forward to my first appearance at Wigmore Hall for almost exactly ten years. Tempus fugit, but my Tempo during my performance will not (although the Tempo marking in the Scriabin is Volando - hurrying)! I'll also be playing Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin, so largely a romantic programme. The concert sold out, so look out for some returns from 10am on the day