Roscoe Piano Trio – Wednesday 13th July 2022, 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe  – Piano

Fenella Humphreys – Violin

Jessica Burroughs – Cello

The Roscoe Piano Trio was originally formed for a performance celebrating the life of Peter Cropper, a much loved artist who is sadly missed at our festival. Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists, renowned for his versatility at the keyboard and equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. He is joined by Fenella Humphreys, winner of BBC Music Magazine’s 2018 Instrumental award, and Jessica Burroughs, principal cellist with Opera North. 

The evening begins with one of thee Haydn Trios dedicated to Rebecca Shroeter, his pupil and close friend. The lightness and brilliance of Mendelssohn’s writing is always uplifting, even when he’s writing in a minor key, and will be sure to take us into our interval on a high. The evening concludes with Beethoven’s popular classic, the “Archduke” Trio, named after his pupil and main patron. 


HAYDN Piano Trio in A, Hob. XV/18 

MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B flat, Op. 97 “Archduke” 


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Giulia Contaldo – Thursday 14th July 2022, 12 noon

Giulia Contaldo came to international attention when she stepped in for  Eliso Virsaladze to play Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall in February this year. Currently an International Artist Diploma student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Giulia will open her imaginative recital with Schumann’s Op.12 ‘Fantasiestücke’ which pays tribute to one of the composer’s literary heroes, E.T.A. Hoffmann. 

Following the calm of Respighi’s ‘Notturno’, Giulia will perform Debussy’s ‘Estampes’ (“prints” or “engravings”), which offer three examples of Debussy’s pictorial rhetoric and promise to take us on a journey from the Far East to the centre of Spain, then arriving home at in France. The final scene from Wagner’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’, Isolde’s Liebestod (“love-death”) scene, brings the recital to an end. Isolde, standing over Tristan’s dead body, sings of her love and slips into death in a tragic ending that has few equals in opera. 


SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 

RESPIGHI Notturno 

DEBUSSY Estampes, L. 100

WAGNER arr. LISZT “Liebestod,” from “Tristan and Isolde” 


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Martin Roscoe – Thursday 14th July 2022, 7.30pm

RVIPW’s Artistic Director Martin Roscoe’s extensive discography includes his highly acclaimed recordings of Szymanowski’s piano music. The first half of his recital this year will feature two pieces by the Polish composer alongside works by four other Eastern European composers, many of which are inspired by folk melodies and rhythms. 

Martin will continue the theme of dance in the second half with Bach’s monumental ‘Goldberg Variations’, a gigantic set of 30 variations on the opening ‘Aria’. Whilst it is widely believed that Bach composed the ‘Goldberg Variations’ to help Count Goldberg with his insomnia, this 1-hour long masterpiece is filled with exciting virtuosity, complex polyphony, alongside moments of transcendental beauty and darkness. 


CHOPIN Étude in C sharp minor, Op. 25/7 

CHOPIN Mazurkas No. 2 & 3, Op. 59 

SZYMANOWSKI Étude in B Flat minor, Op. 4/3 

SZYMANOWSKI 2 Mazurkas, Op. 62 

JANÁČEK A selection from “On An Overgrown Path” 

BARTOK 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from “Mikrokosmos”, Vol. 6 

LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 


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J. S. BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 

Karnsiri Prim Laothamatas – Friday 15th July 2022, 12 noon

Pianist Karnsiri Laothamatas is a winner of various awards, including the 2nd prize at the Birmingham International Piano Competition, the 3rd prize at the ASEAN International Concerto Competition and a laureate of the 2018 Shean Piano competition. A native of Chiang Rai, Karnsiri studied piano from the age of 5, and is currently in the Artist Diploma programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora. 

Karnsiri will play Haydn’s “Sonata in A flat” which has been described as the work that saw him bursting out of the ‘modest classical mould’. Central to the programme are two contrasting Nocturnes by Chopin whose unmistakable influence can be heard in the progamme’s concluding works by Scriabin. “Prelude” and “Nocturne for the Left Hand” were written during a time of injury and sing a simple plaintive song of great beauty and harmonic richness whilst “Sonata-Fantasy” will transport us to the calm and storm the composer witnessed on the Baltic coast. 


HAYDN Sonata in A flat, Hob. XVI/46

CHOPIN Nocturne Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 62 

CHOPIN Barcarolle Op. 60  

SCRIABIN Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone Op. 9

SCRIABIN Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 “Sonata-Fantasy” 


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Steven Osborne – Friday 15th July 2022, 7.30pm

One of the most sought-after pianists in the country, Steven Osborne will make a return visit to RVIPW with a unique opportunity to hear the complete ‘Études’ by Claude Debussy including the rarely performed ‘Étude retrouvée’. Debussy himself admitted the fiendish technical difficulty of these studies; however, these are certainly not studies to merely showcase the mechanical virtuosity of its performer but, also, their palette of colours and imagination. There is plenty of humour (listen out for the opening reference to Czerny), charm and fantasy too. 

Steven will then play another one of the greatest masterpieces in classical music. Schubert’s final Piano Sonata, composed only months before the composer’s death, expresses all kinds of possible human emotions that are perhaps indescribable with words. At the very least, we will be taken on a truly emotional journey that is full of heavenly fantasy, heart-wrenching tragedy and glittering positivity. 


DEBUSSY Études 1 – 6, L. 136

DEBUSSY Étude retrouvée

DEBUSSY Études 7-12, L. 136

SCHUBERT Sonata No. 21 in B flat, D. 960 


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Victor Braojos – Saturday 16th July 2022, 12 noon

Love and Death

It is shocking to see how such antagonistic concepts come along together so often in our lives. The loss of our loved ones is always a moment of mournfulness, but sometimes it can also become a moment of relief and acceptance after a fulfilling life. 

In today’s programme, we are going to make a journey which will keep us on the edge of this thin border between mournfulness and vitality… first through the shaded lights of Brahms’ Three Intermezzi Op. 177, followed by the self-reflective “The Maiden and the Nightingale” and the dramatic “The love and the death” by Granados… and closing with the final apotheosis of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 111. 


BRAHMS 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117

GRANADOS 2 pieces from “Goyescas”, Op. 11

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


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Alim Beisenbayev – Saturday 16th July 2022, 7.30pm

24-year-old Alim Beisembayev astounded the world last year with his performances at the Leeds International Piano Competition, taking home not only the First Prize but also the Audience Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for contemporary performance. 

Alim will close this year’s RVIPW with a highly virtuosic and poetic programme which begins with Haydn’s lyrical ‘Variations in F minor’. This will be followed by Chopin’s “Piano Sonata No.2”, perhaps one of the composer’s most dramatic and passionate works, closing with 7 of Liszt’s visionary “12 Études d’Exécution Transcendante”.


HAYDN Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII/6

CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35

LISZT Seven pieces from “12 Études d’Exécution Transcendante”, S. 139 


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