In aid of The Amber Trust (www.ambertrust.org)
"Amber’s vision is to give blind and partially sighted children the best possible chance to fulfil their musical aspirations.”
JAMES LISNEY, PIANO
Endgame I (of IV)
Joseph Haydn Sonata in C, Hoboken XVI/50
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in E, opus 109
Fryderyk Chopin Nocturnes, opus 62
Franz Schubert Sonata in c, Deutsch 958
The late works of composers, artists and writers can be intransigent and contradictory, sometimes valedictory, but often display an exceptional aesthetic mastery and distilled artistic focus.
In ‘Endgame’, a series of concerts at venues across the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic, James Lisney explores the notion of ‘Late Style’ through the work of four composers particularly close to his heart. This music demonstrates that lateness is not just about temporal maturity but is also an attitude of mind; here there is the sense of a life lived with intensity, that time is of the essence...
Lisney...made of these sonatas a phoenix, boundlessly expressing a glorious rebirth of Beethoven’s creativity, re-animating the very phrases of his musical processes in all their enchanting, mercurial, forceful, kaleidoscopic variety – brusque and blunt, longing and tender, ineffable and sublime. One felt that all emotions human-beings had ever felt were incomparably here – and, further, some that had been felt only by this extraordinary man and, maybe, just a few others. Lisney gave us a journey of the soul.
The Classical Source
I have nothing but praise for James Lisney`s piano playing; he combines velvet touch and wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul.
Next concert – 28th January at 8.00pm
Joseph Haydn Sonata in D, Hoboken XVI/51
Frederyk Chopin Barcarolle, opus 60
Frederyk Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie, opus 61
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A flat, opus 110
Franz Schubert Sonata in A, D 959