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
III. Lebhaft
IV. Bewegt
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
Allegro
Moderato

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Suite for violin, clarinet and piano, Op 157b

Ouverture
Divertissement
Jeu
Introduction et Final

Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012)
Suite for clarinet, violin and piano

Introduction
Scherzo
Dialog
Finale

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

Short Story
Filigree
Thumper
Ever After Ever
Two fifths
Milk for Swami Li
Divertissement
Sweetsour
Tarantella
Romance
Fughetta
Chorale

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) arr Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93

Allegro vivace e con brio
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di menuetto
Allegro vivace

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’

Andante
Menuetto
Rondeaux. Allegretto

Lowell Liebermann (b 1961)
Trio, Op 128

Movendo limpido
Largo
Allegro

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

Takashi Yoshimatsu
Static Dream Pavane

Arisa Onoda piano