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Stephen Kovacevich & Samantha Ward: Solo & Two Pianos
28th July 2018 | 7:15 pm£12
|STEPHEN KOVACEVICH||SAMANTHA WARD|
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata in B flat Major D960
Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza – Trio
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (version for two pianos)
En blanc et noir
This concert will last approximately 2 hours, including an interval.
Stephen Kovacevich returns to the festival as a guest artist for the fourth time with a most profound programme of solo and two piano works. Admired around the globe for his searching interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert, Kovacevich offers the audience Schubert’s Sonata D960, the pinnacle of the composer’s piano oeuvre. Following the mysterious contemplation and otherworldly sonorities of the first half, Samantha Ward joins forces with Stephen for the rest of the concert in the two-piano version of Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune’ and ‘En blanc et noir’, a suite for two pianos which had its passionate adversaries in 1915. Amongst them, Camille Saint-Saëns whose remark ‘we must bar the door of the Institut de France against a man capable of such atrocities’ made its way onto the pages of music history books.