The Pianist as Hero
Saturday 22 April 4pm
Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14
The pantheon of great composer-pianists is full of colour, drama, tragedy, struggle and triumph. Truly musical history shows pianists as heroes – solitary individuals who have struggled against the establishment (Mozart), physical disability (Beethoven), political strife and disease (Chopin), jealousy (Liszt), enforced exile (Rachmaninov), physical injury (Scriabin), and politics (Prokofiev). Triumphant artistic success emerged in each and every case.
In this virtuoso recital/lecture, Murray McLachlan includes the epic Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a central work next to which are juxtaposed some of his own transcriptions (Movements from Mozart’s 19th Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s 1st concerto and Ronald Stevenson’s exquisite miniature song A’e Gowden Lyric) and works by Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.
“…a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone – full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical – is a perpetual delight” BBC Music Magazine