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York Chamber Music Festival: Event 1
Thu Sep 16 @ 7.30 pm
Recital Angela Hewitt piano
François ‘Le Grand’ Couperin (1668 – 1733) Book III Dix-Huitième Ordre
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K.284
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
Johann Sebastian Bach – English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809
Johann Sebastian Bach – (arr. d’Albert) Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. Wigmore Hall recital reviewed in The Sunday Times.
The idea of playing on the piano the music of the great harpsichord masters Bach and Scarlatti has been the life-long passion of Angela Hewitt. Why not do the same for their contemporary, François Couperin ‘le Grand’. She is also one of the finest interpreters of Mozart’s piano music and brings lightness and delicacy that fits perfectly this early precociously virtuosic sonata.
Back to Bach in the second half opening with the A minor Prelude and Fugue. The English Suites was Bach’s first cycle of dance suites although there is nothing ‘English’ about them, more French in style, reminiscent of the French harpsichord school. Eugen d’Albert’s magnificent transcription of the C minor Passacaglia and Fugue for organ brings Angela’s recital to a powerfully rousing conclusion.