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Mark Nixon, Madalina Rusu & Grace Yeo: Solo & Four Hands
23 July | 7:30 pm£7
|MARK NIXON||MADALINA RUSU|
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)/György Kurtág (1926 – )
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)/Leonard Duck (1938 – )
Sheep may safely graze
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Sonata No. 5 in C major KV521
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Nocturne in B Major Op. 62 No. 1Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major Op. 47
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Ma meère l’Oye
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Le jardin féerique
This concert will last approximately 60 minutes, with no interval.
South African pianist Mark Nixon joins forces with fellow faculty members Madalina Rusu and Grace Yeo in a programme of works by Bach, Mozart and Ravel. The two contrasting duet transcriptions of movements from Bach’s cantatas open tonight’s recital. The first one is funeral music; a deeply spiritual piece and the second is the soprano aria from the cantata Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, which is often heard at weddings. Mozart’s genial Sonata KV521 follows, displaying the composer’s effortless mastery of compositional style in his later works. It opens with a robust idea in octaves, with a gentle response that quickly becomes a conversation and this element remains a feature throughout the work. Two solo pieces by Chopin provide variety within the duet programme, the dreamy Nocturne in B major and his third Ballade in A flat Major. In the final work, Ravel’s Ma mére l’Oye, we remain in the world of fantasy, this time of fairy-tales. Composed in 1910, it bears the subtitle ‘five children’s pieces’. La Belle au bois dormant and Petit Poucet are based on the tales of Charles Perrault, while Laideronnette is inspired by a tale The Green Serpent by Madame d’Aulnoy. La belle et de la bête is based on the version by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.