British pianist takes Erotica to Amsterdam
26 Feb 2012
Rhetorica, Poetica, Rhetorica - a concert series at the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
February 26th at 20.15
Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Chopin Nocturnes, opus 62
Vriend Meden Agan
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
** - 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!
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