Skryabin - Préludes (selection)

Rachmaninov - 3 Préludes: C sharp minor Op. 3 no. 2; D major Op. 23 no. 4; G minor Op. 23 no. 5

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (with animated visual display)

Chopin - 24 Préludes Op. 28

Skryabin - 24 Préludes Op. 11

(alternating between sets of Chopin and Skryabin preludes)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (with animated visual display)

Arrangmenets of Tangos by Piazzolla, Cobian, Laurenz, Baldi, and Triolo

Skryabin Préludes (selection)

Projects

 

Beethoven Orchestral Works Concert Series

During the 2016-17 season, Anthony Hewitt is performing as part of an exciting cycle of the complete orchestral works by Beethoven, at St. James’s Church, Paddington. Conductor Ben Knowles has curated the series, which sees Anthony as soloist with the London Beethoven Chamber Orchestra in the five Piano Concerti, Triple Concerto, Concerto for Piano after the Violin Concerto (Beethoven’s own arrangement), and finishing on July 1st with the Choral Fantasy.

Venue:
St. James’s Church
Sussex Gardens
London
W2 3UD

Tickets to all concerts £10

Online:
www.ticketsource.co.uk/londonbeethovenorchestra

Phone: 0333 666 3366

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Preludes to pictures

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the death of Aleksandr Skryabin in 2015, Anthony Hewitt recorded the complete ninety preludes for Champs Hill Records. Here he brings to the concert platform a selection of his favourites encompassing the entire spectrum of Skryabin's style, from the Chopinesque and impressionistic early period to the harsh atonality of those he wrote before his unexpected death from septicemia.

Rachmaninov very much took over the mantle from Skryabin, the latter in his heyday considered the composer to emulate. Today, Rachmaninov by far eclipses Skryabin in popularity, but it was ironically through performing Skryabin's works after his premature death that Rachmaninov shot to fame.

Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ also came to be known after the death of a friend. This masterpiece of colourisation and sonority was inspired by paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann, after mutual friend and critic Vladimir Stasov had helped curate an exhibition of Hartmann’s works after the painter’s premature death.

Especially commissioned for this project, artist Klara Smith has drawn ten contemporary takes on each scene/movement in the form of exquisite paper cutouts. These wonderful works of art have been converted to digital format and unique animated tours are displayed during the musical performance.

*There is the option to exhibit Klara Smith's Pictures at an Exhibition, and for a narration of Vladimir Stasov's description of Hartmann's Pictures.

 


 

Resemblances & Realisations

Chopin left an indelible impression on Skryabin, and this is strikingly evident in the Russian composer's early compositions. His set of twenty-four Preludes Op. 11 are very much influenced by Chopin's own twenty-four Op. 28; they are ordered in the same key sequence as Chopin's, and many bear an uncanny resemblance. Anthony Hewitt brings a fascinating comparative survey to the platform by juxtaposing Chopin and Skryabin Preludes in their corresponding keys.

Each of Skryabin's Preludes Op. 11 were signed off from a European city where Skryabin had been touring as a virtuoso pianist; a musical postcard of sorts. Mussorgsky wrote musical realisations of paintings of his friend Viktor Hartmann, depicting scenes from everyday Russian life. The pictures were shown in an Exhibition curated by Mussorgsky and mutual friend and critic Vladimir Stasov after the artist's premature death.

Contemporary artist Klara Smith has drawn ten contemporary takes on each scene/movement in the form of exquisite paper cut-outs. These wonderful works of art have been converted to digital format and unique animated tours are displayed during the musical performance.

*There is the option to exhibit Klara Smith's Pictures at an Exhibition, and for a narration of Vladimir Stasov's description of Hartmann's Pictures.

 


 

ENTango

ENTango is where Western European chamber music meets Latin American Tango.

Formed in 2012 at the Ulverston International Music Festival, ENTango offer a new take on the relationship between musicians and dancers in that they intermingle and become ENTangled on stage. The intimacy and powerful energy of chamber music fuses with the passion and sensuality of Tango. Rather than being incidental to the dance, the trio of musicians are placed in the centre of the visual action, and the dancers weave their steps around them and touch shoulder to shoulder amidst the moving sound waves.

The spiritual core of ENTango is Argentinian Bandoneonist Eduardo Garcia who writes his own arrangements of Piazzolla and other Tango composers. He is joined by world-class musicians David Le Page and Anthony Hewitt who both hail from the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Eduardo Garcia, bandoneon; David Le Page, violin; Anthony Hewitt, piano; Miriam Orcutt & Dante Culcuy, dancers

 


 

Blogumentary:The development of dissonance in Skryabin’s Préludes.

Anthony is also available for a lecture-­‐recital on Skryabin’s Préludes, discussing in depth and detail their stylistic influences ‐ including Chopin ‐ and paying particular attention to the mystical elements behind these fascinating miniatures.

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