Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 8pm
Schumann – Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op 102
Brahms – Sonata no. 2 in F major, op 99
De Falla – Siete Canciones populares (arr Marechall)
Debussy – Estampes
Ravel – Alborada del gracioso (arr Castelnuovo-Tedesco) / – Habanera (arr Bazelaire) / – Tzigane (arr Varga)
Alban Gerhardt has made a tremendous impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. Scottish pianist Steven Osborne returns to Ilkley for a second visit. His insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire reveal immense musical depth. Together these artists make a perfect partnership.
We start with high points of the German romantic repertoire, the mellow, appealing five folk pieces from Schumann and the second sonata of Brahms, a mature master still composing with all the fire of youth. The second half brings a Spanish flavour to the Kings Hall with arrangements of atmospheric pieces which evoke the exotic excitement of a warm Iberian night.