Sunday 2 December 2018 7:30PM
Music in the French and Italian styles by Johann Sebastian Bach intersperses three sets of variations by Brahms written in his twenties, which reach a creative high point in his masterly variations on a movement from a harpsichord suite by Handel.
Sunday 9 December 2018 11:30AM
Poulenc composed his sonata (1942-3) in memory of the poet Lorca, whose line ‘La guitare fait pleurer les songes’ is quoted at the beginning of the second movement, while Prokofiev’s contemporary sonata is his arrangement of a work for flute.
Tuesday 11 December 2018 7:30PM
David Bates and his Baroque ensemble bring together operatic extracts by Vivaldi and items from Handel’s very first oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (The Triumph of Beauty and Disillusion) alongside a concerto by the highly influential Corelli, and a London première of a new work by Nico Muhly.
Wednesday 12 December 2018 7:30PM
Two Beethoven quartets, one from his first opus for the medium (1801), the second his final quartet, composed a quarter of a century later; in between comes Brahms’s first quartet, long delayed partly due to his consciousness of Beethoven’s sovereign examples.
This event was streamed live from Wigmore Hall on Saturday 11 November 2018
In this programme immediately preceding Armistice Day, the French pianist offers a thoughtful and varied collection of works written during the First World War by composers from the former combatant nations, including rarely heard pieces by Hindemith and Frank Bridge.