Recital 24 October: Dinara Klinton

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 24 October at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Dinara Klinton who will be playing

Bach:                Partita no.1 BWV 825
Medtner:         Sonata Romantica
Beethoven:     Sonata Op. 27 no.2 (Moonlight)
Liszt:                 Transcendental Études nos. 9 and 10

Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit).

Review of Recital by Sarah Beth Briggs 19 September 2017

Sunderland Pianoforte Society celebrated the 75th season with a recital by former member Sarah Beth Briggs who delighted the audience with a varied and interesting programme. The recital started with the Italian Concerto BWV 971 by Bach which was given with great authority and clarity. The Mozart sonata in F, K332, followed this and again was given a good, thoughtful performance. The first half of the recital ended with the rarely heard Beethoven sonata, op. 90. After the interval we moved to the more romantic music and were treated to the Sonatina in A minor by Hans Gal, a composer who was born in Vienna in 1890 but moved to Edinburgh in 1939 and was one of the founders of the Edinburgh Festival. This was really beautiful music and very well played. It is worth mentioning that it was its first performance in Sunderland and well received by an appreciative audience. We then heard Two Arabesques by Debussy then the Schumann Arabeske, op. 18. The evening ended with a powerful performance of the Chopin Ballade No. 4 which presented no technical difficulties to Sarah Beth Briggs despite being one of the most challenging works in the piano repertoire. However, the audience wanted more and were given a soothing encore of Traumerei by Schumann.

Newcastle born Sarah Beth studied with the late Denis Matthews and her professional career was launched at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Sarah’s playing takes her to many countries and she enjoys balancing a successful solo career with numerous chamber music engagements. Her most recent venture is a piano duet partnership with James Lisney.

The Society is grateful that Sarah has been able to perform for our special season and we look forward to following her career in the future.

LS

Recital 19 September – Sarah Beth Briggs

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Our next recital will be on Tuesday 19 September at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Sarah Beth Briggs who will be playing

Bach:             Italian Concerto BWV 971
Mozart:        Sonata in F K332
Beethoven: Sonata in E minor Op.90
Hans Gál:     Sonatina in A minor Op.58 no.2
Debussy:      Two Arabesques
Schumann:  Arabeske Op.18
Chopin:         Ballade no.4

Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit).   Membership for the 2017-18 season is available at £60 for all seven recitals – see the ‘Membership & Contact’ page on the menu at the top of this page.

Review of recital by Joseph Houston 25 April 2017

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The final recital of the season was given by Joseph Houston, a brilliant young pianist based in London and Berlin. A good appreciative audience enjoyed a very interesting first half of the recital which was quite unique as it was presented with a combination of composers and it was played without the interruption of applause. This worked very well, being varied and well thought out.

The recital opened with ‘La Cathedrale Engloutie’ by Debussy to be followed by ‘With Drums and Pipes’ by Bartok. We then heard the Intermezzo in Emajor, op. 116 No.4 by Brahms and returned to Debussy for ‘Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest’ and ‘Les sons et parfums tournent dans l’air du soir’. Returning to Brahms, we heard the ‘Capriccio in G minor, Op.116 No.3’ then Bartok’s ‘The Night’s Music’ and ‘The Chase’ The first half of the recital ended with’Les cloches de Geneve’ by Liszt and to hear this collection of such varied music, played without applause was quite refreshing.

After the interval we heard the ‘Sonata op.2 no.2 by Beethoven which was given a lively performance and the evening ended with ‘Ballade No. 4’ by Chopin which was played with great style and power. This is Joseph Houston’s second visit to the Society and he has always impressed the audience with his brilliant technique and musicianship but most notable is his subtle and clever use of pedal which is always used with great care. Altogether a good end to the season.

The Society is most grateful for the financial support given by the City of Sunderland which enables and enriches the quality of music and the arts to continue.

Lily Scott.

Recital 25 April 2017

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Our next recital will be on Tuesday 25 April at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Joseph Houston who will be playing

Debussy:        3 Preludes (from Book 1)
Bartok:           3 Pieces from ‘Out of Doors’ Suite
Brahms:         Op.116  Nos.2,3,4
Liszt:               Les Cloches de Genève’
Beethoven:    Sonata in A Op.2 No.2
Chopin:           Ballade No.4

Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit)

Review of Recital by Harry Nowakowski-Fox 14 March 2017

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The Sunderland Pianoforte Society presented an attractive and demanding programme last Tuesday. The pianist was Harry Nowakowski-Fox, a Young Steinway Artist who has won a number of prizes, including the grand prize at the Windsor International Piano Competition. He commenced with Schumann’s Kinderszenen (“Scenes from Childhood”), a set of short pieces which are not for children, but are an adult’s recollection of childhood, for adults to play. The recital continued with a spirited performance of Sonata Opus 53 by Beethoven, dedicated to his friend Count Waldstein. A high degree of technical dexterity is required to play this sonata, and Harry was well able to demonstrate this, and to produce a considerable range of dynamics and sonorities from the piano, making for a most effective performance.

The first piece after the interval was Chopin’s Fantaisie in F minor which has an unusual design, as befits a fantasy, and the contrasts were well-handled. The final work in the programme was more Schumann: Kreisleriana Opus 16. Kreisler was a fictional character, an eccentric conductor who found consolation at the piano. Harry Nowakowski-Fox gave a thoughtful treatment of this set of pieces, bringing out the various moods of the eight movements, and maintaining interest throughout. As an encore he played again the best known piece from Kinderszenen: Träumerei (“Dreaming”). Harry is an exciting pianist; it will be well worth following his career as it develops.

David Pennycuick

Recital 14 March – Harry Nowakowski-Fox

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Our next recital will be on Tuesday 14 March at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Harry Nowakowski-Fox who will be playing

Schumann:   Kinderszenen
Beethoven:  Sonata Op.53 (Waldstein)
Chopin:         Fantasie in F minor Op.49
Schumann:  Kreisleriana

Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit)

Review of Recital by Maria Marchant 14 February 2017

107_0866Valentine’s Day was celebrated in style at Sunderland Museum when the Pianoforte Society presented a recital by brilliant young British pianist Maria Marchant, who entertained an appreciative audience with an evening of romantic music. The recital started with a selection of well loved lyric pieces by Grieg to be followed by Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs. Then we heard the Liszt Petrarch sonnet 104 from “Deuxième Année: Italie”. The first half ended with Spanish music; we had Granados “The Maiden and the Nightingale” and Albeniz “Sevilla”. After the interval Glinka’s “L’Alouette” was followed by pieces from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”. We then heard Debussy’s “La Cathédrale Engloutie” and Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 117 No.1. The recital ended with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata which was played with great style and authority, but the audience was wanting more and Maria played Holst’s “Northumbrian Pipes” which made for a very good end to the evening.

Maria made her Wigmore Hall and South Bank debut in 2010 and has since been in great demand throughout Britain and abroad. As a passionate advocate of British music, Maria gave the world premiere performance of “Goodwood by the Sea”, a new solo piano work by Roderick Williams written for Maria and commissioned by the Shipley Arts Festival, where she is pianist in residence. Maria is also involved with chamber music and is recording her debut CD for SOMM records for international release in 2017.

Lily Scott

Recital 14 February – Maria Marchant

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Our next recital will be on Tuesday 14 February at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Maria Marchant, who will be playing a programme of popular works to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Grieg:         Lyric Pieces:  Op. 12 No. I Arietta;  Op. 43 No. I Butterfly
Grieg:         Slåtter:  Op. 72 No. IV Halling aus dem Hügel
Grieg:         Lyric Pieces:  Op. 47 No. VII Elegy;  Op. 65 No. VI Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Schubert/Liszt:  Schwanengesang:  IV Am Meer;  X Liebesbotschaft
Liszt:           Années de pèlerinage (Deuxième Année: Italie):  Sonetto 104 del Petrarcha
Granados: Goyescas – Los Majos Enamorados:  IV Qujas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor
Albeniz:      Suite espagnole:  Op. 47 No I – Sevilla
Balakirev/Glinka:   L’Alouette
Prokofiev:  Romeo and Juliet (Ten Pieces for Piano Op. 75):  VII Friar Laurence;  VIII Mercutio
Debussy:    PréludesX  La cathédrale engloutie
Brahms:     Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 in E flat major
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’: I Adagio sostenuto; II Allegretto; III Presto agitato

 

Review of Young Pianists’ Recital 13 December 2016

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Sunderland Pianoforte Society continued their 74th season with a concert which was given by pupils of David Murray and local piano teacher, Eileen Bown. The concert was given in the Pottery Room at Sunderland Museum and was well attended by members and proud parents as well as families who enjoyed an evening of superb music given by pianists of varying ages ranging from Flint Shepherd who is 6 years old to mature performers. The aim of the Society is to encourage the study of piano playing and this was certainly done on Tuesday evening with the help of David Murray who introduced the pianists.

The evening began with 6 year old Flint Shepherd who played a Prelude by Hummel, and this was followed by Ciaran Leahy playing “Staccato Beans” by Tan Dun. This was followed by James Barker playing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and then Louis Scott played “Cruella de Vil”. These four young pianists not only played well but are to be congratulated on their stage presence and appearance. We then heard Icy Wong playing Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat op.27 no.2 with great sensitivity to  be followed by William Horseman playing Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor op.32 no.10. Amy Baker then  played the first movement of Sonata in D minor op.31 no.2 by Beethoven and the first half of the evening ended with Tom Yang playing 3 movements from the Children’s Corner Suite by Debussy. After the interval during which mince pies and wine were enjoyed Nicole Lau played the Prelude and Fugue in G major by Bach and was followed by Victoria Robinson who played Debussy: Pagodes from  Estampes and Saint Saens Etude en forme de Valse, played with great polish and style. Amy Baker made a welcome return to play Cadiz by Albeniz and was followed by a lively performance of Toccatina by Kapustin given by Alan Coxon. The concert ended with a performance of the famous Rhapsody in C by Dohnanyi given by William Horseman.

It is encouraging to hear these talented young pianists, some of whom will be going on to have professional careers and the Society wishes them every success. Many thanks go to David Murray and Eileen Bown for all their hard work in producing such a good evening.

Lily Scott