You will be delighted to learn that on 27th April (starting at 7pm) we shall once again be welcoming the Bottrill Piano Duo.
As many of you know, the dynamic range of our Steinway D Concert Grand is most fully displayed when piano duets are performed on it. The wonderful Bottrill Piano Duo (Zrinka and Andrew) is favouring us with a return visit that will include two of the greatest works ever composed for this medium.
The two principal works will be:
- Schubert’s Fantasie in F Minor, D.940 [Op. Posthumous]
Once heard, never forgotten, this late work, composed only months before his death at the age of 31, has its place in the pantheon of late Schubert works, alongside the C Major String Quintet, the G Major Quartet (Performed by the Fitzwilliams at the last concert) and his last Symphony, no. 9 in C Major, D.944.
Musicologist Christopher Gibbs has described this work as “among not only his greatest, but his most original compositions for piano duet”. It was dedicated to Karoline Esterhazy, with whom Schubert was in (unrequited) love. Four months after his death it was published by Anton Diabelli. Its original manuscript resides in the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
- Mozart’s Last Sonata for 4 Hands in C Major [K. 521, 1787]
Even Mozart proclaimed, in a typical understatement, that performing this 3-movement sonata is “rather difficult”! Both parts are equally demanding, and the opening and closing movements are of exceptional brilliance. Having said that, the sonata breathes grace and elegance in the same vein as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, composed just two months later.
Interspersed between these pillars of the classical repertoire we shall hear a number of shorter gems by Dvorak and Janacek (both arranged for four hands by Andrew, this being their first performance), Poulenc’s 1918 Sonata, and finishing with a Spanish Dance by Manuel Da Falla.
What a comprehensive confection! It might be useful to print out these programme notes and bring them with you.
For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page. We look forward to welcoming you on 27th April and thank you, as ever, for your kind support and co-operation.