Julian’s “Vers La Valse”, for solo flute/alto flute and orchestra can now be heard on Youtube
Ileana Ruhemann, flute
Syred Sinfonia, conductor Julian Jacobson
St James’s Church Piccadilly, February 2007
Two concerts in 2019 International Festival of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
November 13, 20:30 h., Bastión del Carmen
Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ligia Amadio
J.S.Bach Concerto In D minor for three pianos, BWV 1063
with Ciro Fodere and Chee Hang See
Concert repeated on November 14 in Teatro Solis, Montevideo
November 15, 21:00 h., Bastión del Carmen
Piano recital. Programme to include:
Mily Balakirev Valse di Bravura In G major
Sat 14th December 2019
St Faith’s School
More info: http://www.cambridge-sinfonietta.org/
The Complete Chopin Sonatas Meet Ligeti Etudes
June 29th 2020
Chopin’s three Piano Sonatas are set in relief by two of György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes, with pianist Julian Jacobson.
The highly charged Romanticism of Chopin and the intricately sculpted abstract modernism of Ligeti might seem to have little in common.
Jacobson proposes that they share a richly creative and exploratory use of the piano and an unparalleled mastery of keyboard texture.
He presents Chopin’s two mature sonatas – the heroic, stormy opus 35, with the funeral march at its heart, and the serenely beautiful opus 58, written towards the end of the composer’s brief life, alongside his early student work, the opus 4 Sonata.
Chopin’s first piano sonata, written at the age of sixteen, has been almost totally overshadowed by his two great later sonatas.
Nevertheless, it is full of tantalising glimpses of Chopin’s mature style and already displays his genius as a pianist and writer for the piano.
These works are interspersed with two of Ligeti’s endlessly inventive Piano Etudes.
Jacobson himself gave the critically acclaimed first UK performance of Book One of the Etudes at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1987. His recording for BBC Radio 3 was highly praised by the composer.
In recent years Jacobson has become widely admired as a performer of Beethoven, including his three celebrated ‘marathon’ performances of all 32 in a single day, and as Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.
In this recital he returns to his early love of Chopin as well as reliving his commitment to Ligeti’s Etudes.
More info: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/128320-complete-chopin-sonatas-meet-ligeti-etudes-2020
“…Jacobson’s focused, colourful playing brought alive Beethoven’s late gems with thrilling drama…”
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Musical Opinion Quarterly
“…A disarming technique coupled with an undoubted intellectual mastery
made Julian Jacobson’s recital an awe-inspiring experience…”
“…Real poise, delicacy of touch and judicious pedalling… stylish and enchanting…”
“…this major British voice in world-ranking pianism, so justly celebrated by his faithful following…”
Music & Vision Daily