In this centenary year of Fauré's death, the richness and beauty of the composer's dazzling piano music is a revelation. Both monumental and subtle, the music explored in this series reveal a refined artistry that deserves a wider hearing. Brilliant and colourful pieces by Fauré's pupil Ravel provide a refreshing contrast to the main items in these concerts.
Fauré's intricately structured Theme & Variations is one of the few examples of variation form in French keyboard music. It is grand, spaciously lyrical and brilliant. The poised Nocturne 11 and elusive 8th Barcarolle could not be more different. Ravel's homage to the romantic imagination and Liszt, in the form of three tone-poems, is notorious for its technical demands. Its unsurpassed beauty, extraordinary keyboard effects and astonishing vision set apart from almost all other piano works.
Oslo-born David Christophersen is Artistic Director of the Cambridge Concert Series at West Road Concert Hall and has performed throughout the UK including at the Woburn Abbey Festival, Bristol St George's, Edinburgh's Reid Hall, Oxford's Hollywell Music Room and London's St John's Smith Square. He has also broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Recent projects have included premieres of new solo and chamber works by Jeremy Thurlow, Maria Ptaszynska and Robin Holloway, performances with Marie-Noelle Kendall of Holloway's monumental Gilded Goldbergs and a tour with Prokofiev's War Sonatas.
The complete Fauré Centenary Recital programme:
7th February 2024 - Fauré: Nocturnes 1-2; Barcarolles 1-2; 5 Impromptus; Ravel: Sonatine
15th May 2024 - Fauré: Nocturnes 3-7; Barcarolles 3-4; Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
19th September 2024 - Fauré: Nocturnes 8-10; Barcarolles 5-7; Ravel Jeux d'eau; Holloway: Scherzo alla Ciaconna
6th December 2024 - Fauré: Theme & Variations; Barcarolle 8; Nocturne 11; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
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