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.

“[they] are both superbly instinctive players, with an almost subliminal sense of what the other is about to do, so that every musical gesture they make seems totally spontaneous, as if they are exploring the music for the first time…” THE GUARDIAN