Friday 18th July, 7.45 pm
The Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Blackburn
“A magisterial account …. suffused with grave beauty. This Italian is remarkable…50 minutes of flawless poetry” is how the Independent described Alessandro’s prize-winning performance at the London Piano Competition, and since he has performed with the Hallé, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He begins with the most famous piano variations there are, before moving to Italy for Liszt’s songs of gondoliers and furious tarentellas. Liveliness continues with Busoni’s Fantasy on Carmen before the mellifluousness of Ravel. Alessandro finishes the evening with the evocation of the loves and jealousies of Petrushka.
Beethoven Variations and Fugue on a theme from Prometheus Op 35
Liszt Venezia e Napoli
Liszt Tarantelle di Bravura d’après la tarantella de La muette de Portici (S 386
Busoni Sonatina No 6: Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
Ravel Jeux d’eau
Stravinsky Three movements from Petrushka
Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)
Martin will be “in conversation” with Marianne Bailey, Piano Tuner and Technician. Marianne has been preparing the pianos for RVIPW for many years. There will be plenty for them to talk about as her work with Yamaha pianos (at festivals, competitions and on tour) and her role as Head Technician at the RNCM gives her a unique perspective on pianists and pianos. What happens on the day of a concert, and what adjustments can be made beyond tuning? How do modern concert grands generate enough volume to compete with the huge sound produced by a symphony orchestra? All this and more will be revealed and we hope you will have some questions of your own, too!