Tuesday 11th October, 8.00pm
Little Missenden Church
Piano masterworks from a master pianist
|Ludwig van Beethoven||Bagatelles op126|
|Piano Sonata no 30 in E major op109|
|Jonathan Dove||Catching Fire (new work)|
|Franz Liszt||Sonata in B minor|
One of our most distinguished pianists, Melvyn Tan, plays masterworks by Beethoven and Liszt and a new piece by Jonathan Dove, “one of Britain’s most resourceful and versatile contemporary composers”.
This set of Bagatelles was the last piano piece Beethoven wrote – small in scale but huge in stature, and belonging to “the same rarefied spiritual world as the late quartets” (Misha Donat).
Then the first of Beethoven’s three great final sonatas – a magnificent piece, from its impulsive opening to the transcendent final variations – marked Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (songful, with the utmost feeling).
Liszt’s B minor sonata is a pianistic tour de force. Performers find it challenging, yet for the listener it’s a sublime experience, thrillingly virtuosic, but with great depth and beauty.
Having known Jonathan Dove for over 20 years, Melvyn Tan's request to “write something lively” for his 60th birthday this year resulted in this new piece, stimulated by ideas about flames and fire.
The versatility, insight and imagination of Melvyn Tan’s interpretations have been acclaimed worldwide. He established his international reputation with pioneering performances on fortepiano and a landmark partnership with Sir Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players in the '80s and early '90s. He performs nowadays on both fortepiano and (as in this concert) the modern grand, gracing the latter with his profound knowledge of historical playing styles.
“Among the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists” (Guardian)
Jonathan Dove is a much admired composer.
“He knows how to rouse passions and raise smiles. Tunes flow in abundance, and for him, creating a mood, capturing a feeling for an instant, are second nature.” (Observer)