Cas­sard plays Schu­bert

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - MICHAEL DER­VAN

PHILIPPE CAS­SARD (PI­ANO) NCH, Dublin Wed 8pm 115-140 01-4170000

Ir­ish au­di­ences seem to have a soft spot for French pi­anist Philippe Cas­sard (left) that’s akin to par­ents’ fond­ness for their first-born. Cas­sard took the top prize in the first Dublin In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion back in 1988.

He’s been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor ever since, and re­turns on Wed­nes­day for an ap­pear­ance in the Ir­ish Times Celebrity Se­ries that also cel­e­brates the 20th an­niver­sary of his com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess. He’s cho­sen an all-Schu­bert pro­gramme, but one with a twist. Be­fore the first set of Im­promp­tus and the large-scale, late Sonata in A, he’s of­fer­ing four songs from Sch­wa­nenge­sang in the ar­range­ments by Liszt.

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