2018 kicks off with outstanding piano recitals this January at Wigmore Hall

22 January 2018
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With Inon Barnatan giving a lunchtime recital at 1pm today!

2018 kicks off at London’s premier chamber music venue with a series of outstanding piano recitals featuring cover stars of Pianist past, present and (who knows?) future

Yesterday, Sunday 21st January, Simon Trpčeski was joined by an international cast of friends and colleagues for a characteristically adventurous recital which explored his Macedonian roots. The UK premiere of Makedonissimo offered a lively programme of folk melodies specially arranged by Pande Shahov for Trpčeski and a jazz-accented band comprising violin, cello, woodwind and percussion. If you missed him, the pianist will return to the hall on 2 May for a solo recital which nonetheless steers clear of convention: alongside a selection of Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words are transcriptions of the Holberg Suite by Grieg and Rimsky-Korsakov’s magnificent Scheherazade.

The Wigmore’s busy lunchtime recital series also includes two fine keyboard artists in January. The Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan arrives today Monday 22nd with a Bach Toccata and Franck’s spacious evocations of organ sonority, the Prélude, choral et fugue. The climax of Barnatan’s recital is a sweeping Romantic sonata which he has made his own in recent years, by Samuel Barber.

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Mozart, Brahms and Liszt are on the menu the following Sunday (28 January) at the hands of Lara Melda. The 2010 BBC Young Musician is one of six Stars of Tomorrow profiled by Pianist in its special anniversary 100th issue, which goes on sale 28 January. Melda’s coffee-concert programme focuses on the spirit of fantasy, with the austere and imposing C minor Fantasy of Mozart succeeded by the late and elusive set of seven Op 116 Fantasies by Brahms, and her recital concludes with the epic Dante Sonata of Liszt.

More pianists to emerge in February, including Mark Viner, Joseph Moog, Aleksandar Madzar and Louis Lortie. 

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