Martin Roscoe opens the Piano Week with an evening of Beethoven Plus … featuring some of the maestro’s shorter works. Although they don’t make it onto the concert platform as often as they should, they are not mere Bagatelles. They’re interspersed with Impromptus, which are intended to convey a spirit of improvisation and are almost always light and airy, but vary in structure and length – by Schubert, Fauré and Chopin. The programme ends with Chopin’s glorious Fantaisie-Impromptu.
Beethoven Bagatelles: in B flat (WoO 60); in G minor (WoO 61a); in A minor (WoO
59), Fűr Elise
Schubert Impromptus in A flat and B flat (D 935 Nos 2 and 3)
Beethoven Sonata in A Op 2 No 2
Beethoven Sonata in F sharp Op 78
Fauré Impromptus Nos 1 and 2
Beethoven Sonata in G Op 14 No 2
Chopin Impromptu No 2; Fantaisie -Impromptu
Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)
Tonight, Martin will be “in conversation” with Piano Week’s other Artistic Director, Producer Mike George. Martin and Mike have recorded and broadcast together many times and they will continue this collaboration with six CDs of music by Schubert. If you have read the fascinating sleeve notes of Questions and Answers between Martin and Mike in their Deux-Elles Beethoven cycle CDs, your interest might be piqued as to what the process of making a CD entails. How are decisions made? How long does it take? Get an inside view of how CDs are recorded from these two musicians at the pinnacle of the profession.