Angela Hewitt is acclaimed as one of the world’s great pianists, especially adored for her interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach and like-minded composers, where her delight in intricate filigree finds greatest room for expression. Everything about her approach to playing music – rigorous research, faultless technique, emotional openness – serves to highlight the innate beauty in each work she plays.
For the first of her 2017 tour programs, the dancing counterpoint of Bach’s partitas makes a natural connection to the miniature delicacies of Scarlatti sonatas, and to the Baroque inspirations behind two exquisite French works. The breathtakingly tricky toccata which concludes Ravel’s Sonatine requires a pianist of tremendous ability – the composer himself was too afraid to record it! Chabrier’s whimsical, 19th-century take on a Baroque dance form makes hisBourrée fantasque a joy: rhythmical, clever, and utterly French.
The second program offers the pleasure of exploring the musical lineage between teachers and students. Beethoven knew, played and loved the Preludes and Fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, at a time when that late master’s music was considered old-fashioned. Recognising a true genius, Beethoven referred to Bach as the Father of Harmony; and made a respectful pun on the German meaning of Bach (brook), calling him ‘not a brook but an ocean’. Beethoven’s Classical, clear-textured F minor Sonata is dedicated to a real-life mentor rather than a historical one: his sometime teacher Joseph Haydn. And in turn, the dedicatee of the famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata was Beethoven’s own pupil, the Austrian countess and famous beauty Giulietta Guicciardi. Angela Hewitt’s fleet fingers seem perfectly formed both for its eternally beloved slow movement, and for the quicksilver drama of its thrilling finale.
You can enjoy the second program during the weekend concert on Saturday 20 May at 7pm.
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