St Christopher

Ian Pace - Piano at the opera
Event 1
Friday October 11th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Wagner to Gershwin: virtuoso transcriptions
Wagner/Liszt
Elsa’s Bridal Procession (Lohengrin)
Wagner/Busoni
Siegfried’s Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)
Verdi/Thalberg
Rigoletto: Souvenir pour le piano
Gershwin/Grainger
The man I love - Love walked in
Gershwin
Somebody loves me - Clap yo' hands - I got rhythm

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

Ian Pace piano

Wagner and Verdi have centenaries this year.  We can’t stage their operas, but we can present their music (full of gorgeous tunes and high emotions) in brilliant transcriptions by pianist-composers like Liszt – who had a remarkable genius for capturing the essence of operas on the piano.

Some composers of our own time have also been attracted to the genre – like Michael Finnissy, who will give us a brief introduction to the art of transcription.  Percy Grainger was also a great arranger of anything from morris dances to operas – we hear his version of the ecstatic duet from the end of Rosenkavalier, and his take on favourite Gershwin songs.

Ian Pace has both the technique and the passion to do justice to this virtuosic music.  As a musicologist he specialises in 19th century performance practice.

 “Ian Pace's technique astounds, and his enthusiasm for this music is infectious” (International Record Review)

Reviewers of Ian’s playing talk  of “ardent advocacy” and “ability to combine thoughtfulness with extreme virtuosity” (BBC Music Magazine), “incandescent performance” (Classical London), hands that “traverse the keyboard with a vertiginous velocity matched by supreme delicacy of touch” (Gramophone), and “steely control of the idiom and sheer athletic power” (Sunday Times).

BBC Music Magazine wrote of his CD of the Gershwin-Grainger works, “This disc deserves a place on the shelves of every serious collector.  Strongly recommended”.

For more information on Ian Pace click www.ianpace.com.