Martin Roscoe – Friday 14th July 2023, 7.30pm

Come and hear the Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Martin Roscoe, for an evening of pianist masterpieces.  Beethoven’s substantial 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, whose eight-measure theme based on a descending chromatic bass sets off a whirlwind of uninterrupted variations, begin proceedings, followed by Mendelssohn’s Prelude No.2 in D major,marked Allegretto,coupled with a fugue, marked Tranquillo e sempre legato, the one a foil to the other.  The first half the of the evening will draw to a close with Franck’s stunning masterpiece for solo piano, the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue.

Delayed from the planned performance in our 2022 Festival, the second half of the programme is 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.

Pre-concert talk with Martin Roscoe and Victor Lim at 6.30pm

Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in D major, Op.35/2
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Bach Goldberg Variations

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