RVIPW Launch Concert – Wednesday 15th May 2024, 7.30pm

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. 

Published in 1828, the year Schubert died, and written between 1823 and 1828, the Six Moments Musicaux (literally “musical moments”) are amongst Schubert’s best-loved works for piano and are as accessible to the competent amateur pianist as they are to the concert artist. These fleeting pieces were written to satisfy the Viennese public’s growing appetite for Albumblätter – literally “album leaves” – short pieces which could be played and enjoyed at home. It is quite likely that Schubert played them himself at informal musical gatherings with his friends. They may be brief but they are rich in character and display Schubert’s many moods, the paradox of Schubert’s life and indeed of all human existence and the wonder of being alive – from happiness and hope to profound introspection and poignancy, intimacy and tenderness, terror, rage and desolation.

Debussy’s Estampes (“prints” or “engravings”) 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 work is thought to reflect Debussy’s memories of the Javanese gamelan, heard at the Paris Exhibition in 1900.  We end the first half of the evening with L’isle joyeuse where we’ll hear music inspired by water in Debussy’s musings on reflections and the waves lapping the shore of his joyous isle.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is our second half of the evening where we’ll be treated to a vivid representation in music of ten paintings by Mussorgsky’s good friend Viktor Hartmann.  The exhibition in question was organised after the artist’s untimely death.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but music can paint a thousand pictures. A hut on hen’s legs, an angry gnome, and a ceremonial city bell: Pictures at an Exhibition is a musical kaleidoscope overflowing with fantastic colours.

PROGRAMME:

Schubert: 6 Moments Musicaux D.694 

Debussy: Estampes, L. 100

Debussy: L’isle joyeuse

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition



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Roscoe and Donohoe Duo – Wednesday 10th July 2024, 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe, much celebrated for his poetic touch and interpretive depth, is joined by lifelong friend, Peter Donohoe, known for his virtuosic brilliance and dynamic stage presence, for an evening of music for two pianos.

Immerse yourself in an evening of musical splendour as these phenomenal musicians journey through an exquisite collection of Romantic masterpieces by Schumann, Rachmaninov and Brahms. To conclude, the programme takes an adventurous turn with Percy Grainger’s Fantasy on themes from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, a spirited fusion of classical and jazz influences sure to electrify the senses.

Pre-Concert talk with Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe at 6.30pm / FREE

PROGRAMME

Schumann Andante and Variations for two pianos, Op.46

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op.45

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56b, “St. Anthony Variations”

Grainger Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”

Peter Donohoe photo: Sim Canetty-Clark


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Rose McLachlan – Thursday 11th July, 12 noon

Our first lunchtime concert for emerging artists is brought to us by the familiar face of Rose McLachlan, who delighted our audience in 2023 with her first appearance at RVIPW. Rose is a Talent Unlimited Artist who is continuing her studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Rose’s programme opens with two extremes of Mozart’s writing. The Fantasia No.3, based on the spirit of free improvisation, paired with Sonata No.18, Mozart’s last sonata of all which, whilst tuneful and lighthearted, demonstrates dazzling contrapuntal craft. Rose then moves towards the 20th century, pairing works by Janáček and Rachmaninov with folk influences: (Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli, is actually based on “La Folia” (“Madness” an old Iberian folk dance tune) and the Variations toil and climax, but conclude in states of reflection.

This concert will be followed by a Masterclass at 2pm.

PROGRAMME

Mozart Fantasia No.3 in D minor, K.397

Mozart Sonata No.18 in D, K.576

Janáček Sonata No.1, X.1905

Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42

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Lauren Zhang – Thursday 11th July 2024, 7.30pm

Lauren Zhang made her first appearance at RVIPW in a lunchtime recital in 2019 and we are delighted that, whilst currently a senior concentrating on Chemistry at Harvard College, she will return to Lancashire to perform in this final festival year. At the age of 16, Lauren won the BBC Young Musician Competition performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to widespread critical acclaim and since then has performed at the BBC proms and with orchestras across the globe.

Lauren’s programme intersperses gems from Chopin’s output of playful nocturnes and scherzos with two mammoth contributions from Schumann’s catalogue. Sonata No. 1 bears the dedication “To Clara, from Florestan and Eusebius”, a witty reference to the twin aspects of Schumann’s personality. Kreisleriana, subtitled Fantasies for Piano, was composed during a more fraught period of Schumann’ life, portraying the unpredictable Kreisler (a fictional musician who appears in the writings of E T A Hoffmann) as his alter ego.

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PROGRAMME

Chopin Nocturne in C minor, Op.48/1

Schumann Kreisleriana, Op.16

Chopin Scherzo No.4 in E, Op.54

Schumann Sonata No.1 in F-sharp minor, Op.11

Photo: Sophie Cheng

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Winnie Su – Friday 12th July 2024, 12 noon

Australian born Winnie Su’s recent accolades include winning the RNCM Concerto Competition, Beethoven Competition, Williams- Howard Song Prize and Piano Duo Prize. Eager to diversify her roles as a pianist, Winnie pursues chamber and orchestral opportunities, and takes a keen interest in learning to tune and restore pianos. As a passionate educator, Winnie founded Musical Steps, an online platform to help remove barriers to access music education.

The Anne Landa Preludes were a commission in her memory, celebrating a woman who made an extraordinary and sustained contribution to the encouragement of young pianists in Australia. Each movement is designed to be evocative (notes will be provided!) and demands both virtuosic and subtle playing. Winnie then moves us into more familiar territory with one of Beethoven’s late sonatas which is a rollercoaster through joy, pain and peace, concluding with Chopin firmly cementing his romantic style in his last piano sonata.

This concert will be followed by a Masterclass at 2pm.

PROGRAMME

Carl Vine Selections from “The Anne Landa Preludes”: I. Short story; VII. Divertissement; XI. Fughetta

Beethoven Sonata in E major, Op.109, No.30

Chopin Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor

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Roscoe Piano Trio – Friday 12th July 2024, 7.30pm

The Roscoe Piano Trio was originally formed for a performance celebrating the life of Peter Cropper. Martin Roscoe, renowned for his versatility at the keyboard and equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances, is joined by Violinist, Fenella Humphreys, winner of BBC Music Magazine’s 2023 Premier Recording Award and Cellist, Jessica Burroughs, Opera North’s Principal.

The evening begins with one Bridge’s best known compositions, Phantasie Trio, a work that established him as one of the leading chamber-music composers of the younger generation. We move then to Beethoven and a work that caused a huge stir at the time for progressing the Piano Trio genre with a dark and lyrical beauty. The evening concludes with Schubert’s Piano Trio No.2, a gigantic masterpiece many believe to be on a par with Beethoven’s “Archduke”.

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PROGRAMME

Bridge Phantasie Piano Trio in C minor, “Piano Trio No. 1”, H.79

Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1, No.3

Schubert Piano Trio No.2 in E-flat major, Op.100, D. 929

Photo: Lee Avison

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Victor Lim – Saturday 13th July 2024, 12 noon

Our final lunchtime concert for emerging artists sees the return of South Korean-British pianist, Victor Lim, who is establishing himself as one of the most versatile and creative musicians of his generation.

In a programme that draws influence from other sources, we will be treated to; Wilhelm Kempff’s atmospheric transcription of Bach’s Siciliano, borrowed from the hauntingly exquisite flute sonata; Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque which surrounds “Clair de lune” – inspired by Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name, with three dance-inspired movements. The title of Mizzy Mazzoli’s 2013 commission within a Brahms programme is taken from John Ashbury’s sestina ‘Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape’ and Richard Strauss’s final love duet in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ inspired Grainger to write his Ramble. The programme closes with Ravel’s own virtuosic transcription of his symphonic ‘La Valse’ which pays tribute to Johann Strauss II.

This concert will be followed by a Masterclass at 2pm – SOLD OUT

PROGRAMME

Bach arr. Kempff  Siciliano from Flute Sonata No.2, BWV.1031

Debussy  Suite Bergamasque, L.74 

Missy Mazzoli  Bolts of Loving Thunder 

Grainger Ramble on Love (from Richard Strauss’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’)

Ravel La Valse 

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Martin Roscoe – Saturday 13th July 2024, 7.30pm

This programme by Festival Director and internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Martin Roscoe, concludes the 29th and final festival of a 35 year journey.

Martin opens the concert with Haydn’s ever popular, baroque-influenced Sonata No.50 before taking on Schubert’s beloved Four Impromptus, Op.90, featuring some of the composer’s stormiest and most heart-rendering passages.

The second half begins with Bénédiction de Dieu dans La Solitude, the largest and finest piece of “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses”, with a quotation in the score in which the writer searches to define religious truth, trying to understand the faith and peace that surrounds and overwhelms him. Finally, it seems only fitting that the curtain is drawn on the festival with Martin Roscoe playing the crowning body of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, the great Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111.

N.B. There will not be a Pre-Concert talk for this performance.

PROGRAMME

Haydn Sonata No. 50 in D Major, Hob. XVI/37

Schubert Four Impromptus, Op.90, D.899

Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans La Solitude from “Harmonies poétiques et Religieuses”, S.173

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

Martin Roscoe photo: Eric Richmond

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