With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. His enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship and his easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.
Schubert’s “Drei Klavierstücke”, composed the year he died, epitomises his unique sound world and musical personality with daring and unusual harmonies, beautiful songful melodies, and episodes of profound poignancy or intimacy. Martin recorded all of Beethoven’s Sonatas to great critical acclaim between 2010 and 2018, and the first half of this recital will conclude with Beethoven’s popular favourite “Moonlight” Sonata.
The second half of the evening begins with Brahms’ “Vier Klavierstücke” written late in life, similarly to Schubert’s, with an overarching melancholic character, created by writing that is fraught with a sense of mortality. The programme concludes with works inspired by literature. Liszt’s “Vallee d’Obermann”, modelled on Étienne Pivert de Senancour’s novel where a man looks inside himself constantly, wanting to overcome hopelessness in order to find a purpose whilst “Ballade No. 2” is inspired by Gottfried August Bürger’s Gothic horror ballad.
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946
Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
Brahms: Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 119
Liszt: Vallée d’Obermann
Liszt: Ballade No.2 in B minor, S. 171
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