Luca Buratto
Event 1
Friday 13th October, 8:00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Piano masterpieces from the Honens Laureate
György Ligeti
Études III:
White on White, Pour Irina, À bout de souffle,Canon
Leoš Janáček
Sonata 1.X.1905 ‘From the Street’
Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata no7 in B flat major Op83
Thomas Adès
Traced Overhead
Robert Schumann
Humoreske Op20

This is an archived event from the 2017 Programme.

Luca Buratto piano



This exciting young pianist will present our opening concert - having made his Carnegie Hall debut just two nights earlier.

Ligeti’s eighteen Études are amongst the most significant of the 20th century and are much in the tradition of Chopin and Debussy. These four studies are the last in the set. ‘A crowning achievement of his career…though still new, they are already classics’ - Jeremy Denk

The stimulus for Janáček’s From the Street, was the violent death of a young worker, demonstrating for a Czech university in Brno, at the hands of the authorities. The sonata’s profound reflections on the feelings aroused by this senseless killing - anger, sorrow and defiance – also give a glimpse that all was not in vain.

Profound feelings of a different kind influenced Prokofiev’s mighty 7th sonata. The centrepiece of his ‘War Sonatas’ trilogy, it reflects the composer’s attitude towards the Soviet regime. Biographer Daniel Jaffé commented, ‘having forced himself to compose a cheerful evocation of the nirvana Stalin wanted everyone to believe he’d created, [Prokofiev] in these three sonatas expressed his true feelings.’

Adès says that Traced Overhead, the longest of the three solo piano pieces he wrote in the 1990s, was inspired by sacred images depicting angels ascending towards heaven in shafts of light. ‘The music quivers with spiralling riffs, piercing contrapuntal lines and pungent cluster chords that ecstatically leap about the keyboard’ - Anthony Tommasini

Schumann wrote Humoreske in Vienna, absent from and longing for Clara. The piece is not meant to be humorous, but suggestive of the moods Schumann was experiencing at the time - the medieval concept of being ruled by our ‘humours’. It’s an episodic work, glorying in its mood changes, ‘without conscious formalism; musical thoughts streaming without inhibition’ - Orrin Howard

In 2015 Luca Buratto succeeded Pavel Kolesnikov - of whom Festival audiences have many happy memories - as Honens Laureate. After Luca’s first Wigmore Hall recital earlier this year, The Guardian wrote, ‘graceful, analytical, meticulous, Buratto is a name to watch’, while The Daily Telegraph commented, ‘alongside the risk-taker and the brilliant colourist, there lurks a poet’.



Luca Buratto's Honens artist profile

The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world's most prestigious events of its kind. Honens prepares its Laureates for the rigours and realities of professional careers in music and creates opportunities for growth and exposure:

Luca at Honens playing Adès - Traced Overhead