The 2021 Summer Piano Festival opens with a masterclass from the eminent pianist and Visiting Professor Imogen Cooper. Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire, she works on music by Schumann, from three distinct periods of his life.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Papillons, Op 2
Schumann’s first piano work, Butterflies, was published when Schumann was 21, based on a masked ball scene in Jean Paul Richter’s novel, Flegeljahre. The twelve miniature waltzes and polonaises flutter with young love, humour and drama. Its final dance opens with the Grossvatertanz ('Grandfather’s Dance'), a traditional melody played at the end of wedding celebrations; Schumann recalls the opening waltz as a clock tolls repeatedly to signal the end of the ball.
Xiaowen Shang piano
Gesänge der Frühe, Op 133
Amongst the last of Schumann’s compositions, Songs of Dawn was written at a time of emotional and mental decline, five months before his death. Their peace and chorale-like beauty are strange, and moving.
I. Im ruhigen Tempo
II. Belebt, nicht zu rasch
V. Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo
Galin Ganchev piano
From Fantasie in C, Op 17
The first movement of one of Schumann’s most famous and romantic works. It was dedicated to Franz Liszt in 1839, and composed at a time he was parted from his beloved Clara Wieck.
I. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
Julian Chan piano
Khachaturian’s folk-inspired trio was composed in 1932, while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory; Milhaud’s Suite (1936) exhibits his sassy Parisian polytonality, managing to quote 'For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow' as well as Brazilian music in the finale. Alexander Arutiunian was celebrated for his imaginative use of Armenian folk music, and wrote his exuberant suite in 1992.
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano
Andante con dolore
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, Op 157b
Introduction et Final
Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012)
Suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Leo Kerr clarinet
Briona Mannion violin
Timothy Rumsey piano
Conductor Timothy Redmond mentors pianists in the subtle art of directing from the keyboard, in three of Beethoven’s piano concertos.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
From Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 19
I. Allegro con brio
Gabrielė Sutkutė piano solo
Nicolas Ventura orchestral accompaniment
From Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37
I. Allegro con brio
Bocheng Wang piano solo
Ignas Maknickas orchestral accompaniment
From Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat, Op 73, ‘Emperor’
II. Adagio un poco mosso
Nicolas Ventura piano solo
Gabrielė Sutkutė orchestral accompaniment
Kevin Suherman’s Advanced Diploma Recital opens with Carl Vine’s colourful The Anne Landa Preludes (2006) dedicated to the Australian pianist and teacher, prefacing Liszt’s brilliant transcription of Beethoven’s fresh, melodic Eighth Symphony.
Each of Carl Vine’s twelve short movements explore a wildly differentiated landscape, drawing on sound worlds of Debussy, Stravinsky, jazz and blues.
Carl Vine (b 1954)
The Anne Landa Preludes
Ever After Ever
Milk for Swami Li
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) arr Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93
Allegro vivace e con brio
Tempo di menuetto
Kevin Suherman piano
Mozart’s elegant 'Kegelstatt' Trio (‘Kegelstatt’ meaning a bowling or skittles alley) is paired with Lowell Liebermann’s atmospheric, jazzy trio, premiered in Arizona in 2015.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Trio in E flat, K 498, ‘Kegelstatt’
Lowell Liebermann (b 1961)
Trio, Op 128
Zhenyu Zhang clarinet
Yinuo Zhu viola
Xinyue Zhou piano
Arisa Onada’s Chopin recital for her Advanced Diploma is topped and tailed by two brief pieces by the Tokyo-born, neo-romantic composer Takashi Yoshimatsu, whose work encompasses symphonies, rock collaborations, and music for Japanese traditional instruments.
Takashi Yoshimatsu (b 1953)
Prelude to Little Spring
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Étude in C minor, Op 10 No 12
Étude in E minor, Op 25 No 5
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 1
Ballade No 3 in A flat, Op 47
Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23
Mazurkas, Op 59
No 1 in A minor
No 2 in A flat
No 3 in F sharp minor
Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60
Static Dream Pavane
Arisa Onoda piano