See Mark Bebbington at Hellens Manor as this Internationally acclaimed British pianist gives a recital in the Great Barn at Hellens Manor, near Ledbury.
The programme features some of the best loved works in the piano repertoire.
Scarlatti Sonatas in D major (L14) and B minor (L33)
Schubert Sonata in A D664
Ireland Sarnia: An Island Sequence
Derek Smith Sonatine (première)
Debussy La Cathédrale engloutie (from Preludes Book I)
Debussy Feux d’artifice (from Preludes Book II)
Chopin Nocturne in B flat minor Op 9 No 1
Chopin Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23
Tickets: £15 (students £7.50) from Hereford Courtyard Box Office: 01432 340555 or online at https://www.courtyard.org.uk/events/mark-bebbington-piano-recital-at-hellens/
In this recital, one of Schubert’s most relaxed and most loved piano works is prefaced by two short sonatas by the prolific and richly inventive Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti. The first half ends with John Ireland’s impressionistic Sarnia (the Roman name for Guernsey), which atmospherically evokes, in turn, a Neolithic site on the island, a morning in May and a spring tide. After the interval, an intriguing new work by the highly respected Malvern composer Derek Smith is followed by two of Debussy’s famous preludes, the first taking its inspiration from a Breton tale in which a submerged cathedral rises from the sea and sinks back into the depths, the second representing a display of fireworks. Chopin’s utterly gentle B flat minor nocturne leads into his beautiful and emotionally charged Ballade No 1, one of the hallmarks of the entire piano repertoire and a fitting end to any recital.
The critical plaudits which have greeted Mark Bebbington’s performances and recordings have singled him out as a British pianist of the rarest refinement and maturity.
‘… truly a remarkable pianist …’ The Times
‘… such winning aplomb, scrupulous care and heartwarming sense of discovery …’ Gramophone
‘… imperiously virtuosic …’ International Piano
‘Intrepidly communicative’ Gramophone Editor’s Choice
Concert supported by: The Gemma Classical Music Trust Regd Charity no 1121090 www.gemmatrust.com and
The John Ireland Trust Regd Charity no 255004 www.johnirelandtrust.org
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