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. The Telegraph
James Lisney
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.
The Telegraph

British pianist takes Erotica to Amsterdam

26 Feb 2012

Rhetorica, Poetica, Rhetorica - a concert series at the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Concert I February 26th at 20.15 Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Chopin Nocturnes, opus 62 Debussy Estampes Vriend Meden Agan Lutoslawski Grave* Chopin Sonata in g, opus 65* Joy Lisney - violoncello* James Lisney - piano Meden Agan: a world premiere of a remarkable work by Jan Vriend (www.janvriend.co.uk) - his first piano work for twenty five years. In three parts (name Rhetorica, Poetica and Erotica), it follows in the line of such classics as Debussy`s Estampes or the books of Albeniz` Iberia. Meden Agan or `nothing in excess` is, perhaps an ironic title for such complex and generous music. Certainly, the Erotica movement is a tour-de-force of outrageous and constant agility, leading to a climax that owes something to Debussy`s L`isle joyeuse. `Cellist, Joy Lisney, currently at Clare College, Cambridge, is making her debut at the hall - the first of two appearances this season. She will return on June 15th with Dame Emma Kirkby to accompany songs of Amy Beach and to undertake another Vriend premiere: a work for `cello and piano called `JOY`. It was a performance of Chopin`s magnificent sonata that moved Vriend to compose for this young artist. The launch of Schubertreise** - named after the innovative concerts at Londonís South Bank Centre (2001-2004), this is an extensive recording venture that will cover the complete Schubert piano sonatas, set within contrasted programmes of music drawn from a wide range of genre. Volume one features Schubert`s Sonata in E, D 157 along with both his variation sets, miscellaneous short pieces from his student years and the youthful sonata of Icelandic composer, Arni Bjornsson. Discount code: tickets can be purchased through www.concertgebouw.nl - apply the code of MK120226 to achieve the price of Ä15 www.jameslisney.com www.woodhouseeditions.com ** - HOT TIP!! Take a look at another, audacious Schubertreise running in the exquisite setting of Rosario in Belgium: all the songs of Schubert, sung in thirty five recitals by Conor Biggs and Michel Stas, with associated events such as Belgian beer tasting, Viennese Konditorei, calligraphy - and even woodcutting! http://www.artsong.eu/


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