The Piano Music of Fauré and Prokofiev

Sunday 14 July 2019
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
The piano masterpieces of Fauré and Prokofiev are haunting, dazzling and revelatory.

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This series explores these composers in the context of their time: Fauré's refined vision infuses his works with an arresting emotional power. Prokofiev's teacher Gliere typifies the sophisticated romanticism that formed and provoked his prodigiously talented pupil to embrace this style in his tumultuous first sonata and reject it in his brilliant,  acerbic second sonata. 
David Christophersen was born in Oslo, has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and plays an unusually wide repertoire - 17 different solo programmes in the last three years alone - throughout the UK at London's St John's Smith Square, Bristol St George's, Edinburgh's Reid Hall, Oxford's Holywell Music Room, the Woburn Abbey Festival. He frequently programmes new music: Last year, together with Vivian Choi, Derek Scurll and Dave Ellis, he premiered the award-winning Poish composer Marta Ptaszynska's new work for two pianos and percussion Lune Stelle and, together with the pianist Marie Noelle Kendall, presented Robin Holloway's monumental 21st century classic for two pianos, Gilded Goldbergs. His recent tour with Prokofiev's war sonatas was described by The Scotsman as 'exactly right'.
David Christophersen - Piano
Programme:  Fauré - Barcarolles nos 1&2; Impromptus nos 1-3; Nocutrnes nos 1& 4
                      Glière - 12 sketches
                      Prokofiev - Sonatas 1 & 2
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