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 this concert program, 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 his Bourrée fantasque a joy: rhythmical, clever, and utterly French.
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