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Recital 22 October: Alexander Soares

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 22 October at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Alexander Soares who will be playing:

Bach:                English Suite no.3 in G minor  BWV 808
Albeniz:           El Puerto & El Albacin  (from Iberia Books 1 and 3)
Messiaen:       Regard de l’Église d’Amour  (from Vingt Regards)

INTERVAL

Beethoven:    Sonata no.32 in C minor  Op.111

Non-members welcome. 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 Dinara Klinton 24 September 2019

The Sunderland Pianoforte Society opened its 77th season with a recital of sheer perfection given by Dinara Klinton who played to an enthusiastic audience in Sunderland Museum on Tuesday evening.

The recital began with five works by Tchaikovsky ending with the Andante Maestoso from the Nutcracker Suite which was brilliantly played with both power and virtuosity and followed by the Beethoven Sonata in A major, op. 101. Again, well played, particularly the 2nd and 4th movements which always present a challenge both technically and artistically. After the interval we heard the Elegie and 2 preludes (op.23 nos.4 and 5) by Rachmaninoff, romantic music which was a good introduction to the Prokofiev Sonata no.6 in A major. Composed in February 1940 this sonata expresses the cruelty and tragedy of the times he was living through and Dinara Klinton’s performance portrayed this perfectly. The dynamic range and technique were impressive but at the end of the evening the audience still wanted more. Dinara gave an encore of two Scarlatti sonatas in A major and B flat major.

Dinara’s music education began at the age of five in her native Kharkiv, Ukraine and she graduated with highest honours from Moscow Central Music School, where she studied with Valery Piassetsky. After playing throughout the world with many orchestras, Dinara is a young pianist who is already a great success.

Lily Scott

Recital 24 September: Dinara Klinton

The first recital of the new season will be on Tuesday 24 September at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Dinara Klinton who will be playing**

Tchaikovsky:    Nocturne & Humoresque  Op.10
.                           Meditation  Op.72 no.5
.                           Valse Sentimentale  Op. 51 no.6
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev:   Andante Maestoso from Nutcracker Suite
Beethoven:       Sonata no.28 in A major  Op.101

INTERVAL

Rachmaninoff: Elegie Op.3 no.1
Rachmaninoff: 
Preludes Op.23 nos.4&5
Prokofiev:        
 Sonata no.6 in A major  Op.82

**Please note that the second half of this programme is amended. The first half is as in the brochure.

Tickets at the door are £12.50.  (Free for accompanied children 16 & under; £6.00 for full time students and those on unemployment benefit).  If you would like to become a member of the Society, the annual subscription is £60 and includes free entry to all six regular concerts.  Simply come to the first recital with a cheque payable to Sunderland Pianoforte Society.

 

Concert by Members and Friends: 14 May 2019

The 76th season ended with a concert by members and friends of the society, organised by our chairman, Kevin Walsh.  A good audience at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens enjoyed a varied programme, with interval refreshments.  The pianists and the pieces they played were:

Alan Bowers

Schubert: Impromptu in A flat (op 90 no 4)

Alan England

Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Mark Tanner: Fishing Off Logan Rock

James Barker

Bach: Gigue from French Suite no 2

Chopin: Mazurka (op 59 no 2)

Sarah Robinson

Chopin: Preludes nos 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,10 (op 28)

Kevin Walsh

Chopin: Nocturne in G (op 37 no 2)

Ben Richards

Alexander Ilyinski: Étude (op 31 no 1)

INTERVAL

Fabio Raciti

Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor (op posth.)

.             Polonaise in A flat (op 53)

Peter Hayes

Scott Joplin: The Ragtime Dance

.                     Elite Syncopations

Graeme Humphries

Brahms: Intermezzo (op 118 no 2)

John Welch

A selection of music from The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht, Kurt Weill and Elisabeth Hauptmann: Overture – Mack the Knife – Pirate Jenny – Tango Ballade – What Keeps Mankind Alive -The Flick Knife Song (Mack Reprise)

David MacRae

Granados: Spanish Dance no 5 “Andalusia”

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2

Thanks to all the pianists for their contributions to what was a very pleasant and successful evening.

 

Review of Recital by Valentin Schiedermair 9 April 2019

The 76th season of the Society finished with a recital by the world famous pianist Valentin Schiedermair who entertained the audience with a popular programme of well loved music. The recital began with two Preludes and Fugues from Book Two of the Well Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach which were played with clarity and great authority. These were followed by a delightful performance of the Mozart Sonata in B flat, K570 and the first half of the recital ended with the Impromptu in F sharp Op. 36 and the Barcarolle in F sharp Op. 60 by Chopin. After the interval we heard the most splendid performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky which was a complete contrast to the first half of the recital.

Valentin Schiedermair certainly impressed the audience with his sheer stamina and brilliant technique, yet everything was played with musicality and detail. The audience demanded more, and the Mussorgsky was followed by a beautifully played Chopin Nocturne in F sharp op.15 no. 2.

From a musical family, Valentin has studied in many parts of the world with famous teachers and spends a very busy life both performing and teaching. Since his first radio recording aged 16 he has developed a large repertoire and is to be admired for his ability to involve the audience in his performance.

Lily Scott.

Recital 9 April: Valentin Schiedermair

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 9 April at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Valentin Schiedermair who will be playing

Bach:               Prelude & Fugue in B flat major WTC II
.                        Prelude & Fugue in B flat minor WTC II
Mozart:          
Sonata in B flat major K.570
Chopin:          
Impromptu in F sharp major Op.36
.                        Barcarolle in F sharp major Op.60
Mussorgsky: 
Pictures at an Exhibition

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 Ashley Fripp 12 March 2019

On Tuesday, March 12th Ashley Fripp gave a piano recital of works by Schubert, Chopin and Schumann in the Pottery Room at Sunderland Museum. This was enjoyed by a good, enthusiastic audience. The recital began with Four Impromptus D899 by Schubert which were beautifully played with much thought and care, particularly the third one. Following this we heard Four Impromptus by Chopin, a complete contrast to the Schubert and brilliantly played, giving a good end to the first half of the recital. After the interval Ashley Fripp opened the second half with a performance of Fantasiestücke, op.12 by Schumann. This was played with great authority and good insight to the work which was obviously enjoyed by the audience. To end the recital we heard Scherzo no.4, op.54 by Chopin which was a good climax to the evening however, the audience wanted more and Ashley finished with an encore, a gentle Chopin Waltz op.70 no.2.

Ashley Fripp is a young British pianist who has earned a fine reputation, performing throughout the world and winning many prizes. This is his third visit to Sunderland Pianoforte Society where he always enjoys playing their priceless Steinway piano and anyone who missed last night’s recital missed a treat. The next recital will be on Tuesday 9th April at 7.15 and will be given by Valentin Schiedermair who will be playing works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Mussorgsky.

Lily Scott

Recital 12 March: Ashley Fripp

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 12 March at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Ashley Fripp who will be playing

Schubert:       Four Impromptus D.899
Chopin:           Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major Op. 29
.                         Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major Op. 36
.                         Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major Op. 51
.                         Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66
Schumann:    Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Chopin:           Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

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 Florian Mitrea 12 February 2019

The 76th season continued with a recital by the brilliant young British/Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea who was sponsored by Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists Scheme. The recital, which was held in the Pottery Room at Sunderland Museum, was well supported by a good audience who heard a recital of well loved piano music and were reluctant to leave without an encore of Chopin’s Étude in C minor, op.25 no.12.

The recital began with a beautiful performance of Mozart’s Fantasia in C minor K475 which was followed by Beethoven’s Sonata in C major, op.53 [Waldstein]. Again, a powerful and exciting performance making a good end to the first half of the recital. The second half of the recital was all Chopin, beginning with a very exuberant performance of the Scherzo no.1 in B minor, op. 20 which was followed by two beautifully played Nocturnes,op.27 no.1 in C sharp minor and op.55 no.1 in F minor. Florian ended his recital with the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise which was played with great authority and we all had the impression that he had enjoyed the evening as much as we had.

Florian Mitrea has a very busy schedule, performing all over the world, and members of the Society are most grateful to Making Music for giving us the chance to hear such a talented young pianist who we hope will visit us again in the future.

Lily Scott

Recital 12 February: Florian Mitrea

Our next recital will be on Tuesday 12 February at 7.15 pm in the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.  The pianist is Florian Mitrea who will be playing

Mozart:            Fantasia in C minor K 475 
Beethoven:     
Sonata in C major Op. 53 “Waldstein” 
Chopin:            
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor
.                         Nocturnes Op. 27/1 and Op. 55/1
.                         Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante

This recital is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.

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