CD Launch concert
Tuesday 30th January 7pm
City, University of London
St John Street
Programme to include:
Ferruccio Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (1910)
Claude Debussy Khamma (1912)
Works by Anthony Herschel Hill, Erik Satie and Alfredo Casella
Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown play Busoni’s monumental Fantasia contrappuntistica and Debussy’s unusual and beautiful late ballet score Khamma, in the rarely-heard versions for two pianos.
New CD – available now.
BUSONI / ANTHONY HERSHEL HILL / SATIE / DEBUSSY / CASELLA / POULENC
Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown Piano Duo. Somm £10.00
Please click here for a promotional video for the CD.
Julian Jacobsonʼs 70th birthday concert series 2017/18
After two very succesful concerts in October and November, Julian’s 70th birthday series at St John’s Smith Square London concludes with two final concerts on February 11 and March 11. For the last concert he is joined by his duo partner Mariko Brown for the public London premiere of his own virtuoso piano duet transcription of Gershwin’s great tone poem “An American in Paris” – complete with taxi horns!
More info about Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown as a piano duo here: https://marikojulianpianoduo.com/
Four Sundays at St Johnʼs Smith Square, London, 3 pm
Masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev (the three ʻWar Trilogyʼ sonatas and Romeo and Juliet)
Dates and programmes:
1) October 22 2017
One of the great affirmations in musical history, Beethoven’s magnificent set of variations on the same theme as the finale of the later ‘Eroica’ Symphony was written within a few months of the composer’s despairing ‘Heiligenstadt’ Testament.
Proceeding via Schubert’s much more spontaneous and lyrical Impromptus, the programme culminates in Prokofiev’s savage, sardonic wartime Sonata No. 6 which, nonetheless, contains moments of repose, nostalgia and wit.
Beethoven “Eroica” Variations op 35
Schubert Four Impromptus D899
Prokofiev Sonata no. 6 in A op 82
2) November 26 2017
As one of Schubert’s most expansive and lyrical sonatas, and a work of unbounded joy, the Sonata in D surely deserves to be as well-known as the famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.
In later years Beethoven affected to dislike his sonata, yet he must have realised that its opening movement had touched new ground in musical expression. The second of Prokofiev’s ‘War’ Sonatas is the most celebrated and concise, ending with a 7/8 perpetual motion movement that sweeps all before it.
Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in D D850
Prokofiev Sonata no. 7 in B flat op 83
3) February 11 2018
Written on the cusp of the 19th century, Beethoven’s “Pathétique” proves him to be the man for the new age, with its urgently dramatic opening and glorious, already “Romantic” slow movement.
Schubert’s great A major Sonata, “heavenly long” (Schumann), is perhaps his most accomplished. Prokofiev’s 8th Sonata counters the violence of the 6th and 7th with something much more Olympian, almost Shakespearian in its depth and humanity.
Beethoven “Pathétique” Sonata
Schubert Sonata in A D959
Prokofiev Sonata no. 8 in B flat op 84
4) March 11 2018
Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy, based on a song of that name, is an uncharacteristically virtuoso work and also, in its combining of four movements into a single span of music, an extremely influential one. The torrential passions of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” have hardly been superseded to this day. And to finish in a lighter vein, four numbers from Prokofiev’s ever-popular “Romeo and Juliet” and my own transcription of Gershwin’s colourful “An American in Paris”.
Beethoven “Appassionata” Sonata
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces op 75
Gershwin “An American in Paris” transcribed for piano with four hands by Julian Jacobson.
Performed by Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown. More information on this piano duo here: www.marikojulianpianoduo.com
April 28th 2018
Beethoven Emperor Concerto
St James Piccadilly
Sat May 26th 2018
Brahms 2nd Concerto, Brandenburg Sinfonia, conductor Peter Robinson
St James Sussex Gardens
London W2 3UD
August 3rd and 5th 2018
Altaussee Chamber Music Festival
with Priya Mitchell (violin)
3rd August 2018
Bach French Suite no.5 in G, BWV 816 (solo piano)
Brahms Sonata no 1 in G for Violin and Piano, op 78
Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata
5th August 2018
Brahms Violin Sonata no. 2 in A op 100
Beethoven Sonata no 10 in G for Violin and Piano, op 96
Brahms Sonata no 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, op 108