An audience of 88 attended our first concert at St Bride's in Glasgow's West End on Friday 25th March. They were given ample opportunity to sample both the new venue and its recently-acquired Steinway concert grand with the wonderfully varied programme performed by Gusztáv Fenyő.Featuring music by composer-pianists and chosen especially to show off the capabilities of the 'new' instrument, it ranged from intimate Schubert Impromptus and Beethoven's fiery 'Tempest' Sonata, to the folky rhythms of Bartok's Bulgarian Dances, colourful preludes by Debussy, including 'Sunken Cathedral' and 'Fireworks' and four Romantic masterworks by Chopin.
The next recital in this pair of concerts, on Friday 27th May, celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt, a composer most closely associated with the piano, due not least to his dazzling virtuosity as a pianist but also to the vast number of original compositions and transcriptions of other composers' works he wrote for the instrument – enough to fill over 100 CDs! Gusztáv Fenyő's programme illustrates different aspects of Liszt's music, life and personality, from virtuosic and flamboyant works to reflective pieces from his years wandering throughout Europe, enigmatic late pieces which looked forward in their harmonic language, and concluding with arguably his greatest piano work, the B minor Sonata.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg! For those who would really like to get to grips with this towering figure of the Romantic era, a man of great contradictions whose extraordinary influence on musical development extended far beyond his own lifetime and across all musical genres, yet whose music is now all- too-often neglected in concert programmes, then the DACE Study Day entitled 'Liszt: Composer, Pianist, Poet, Visionary, born 200 years ago' offers the perfect opportunity. Led by Dr Stuart Campbell, Honorary Research Fellow at Glasgow University, a specialist in 19th century music and a popular music tutor for DACE, it takes place at St Bride's on Saturday 21st May from 10am to 4pm. Gusztáv Fenyő will also play a selection of Liszt's piano works (different from those programmed for his recital the following Friday evening).
We greatly regret that DACE has cancelled this Study Day. The Liszt recital will take place as planned at 8pm on 27th May
Further details, including booking information, at Spring 2011 Recitals. We hope to meet you at St Bride's in May.
13/04/2011 (updated 16/05/11)