Pi­anist’s mu­si­cal trip through time

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

PI­ANIST Luke Jones will be paint­ing pic­tures with mu­sic when he per­forms an evening recital in Hinck­ley on Satur­day October 14.

Holy Trin­ity Church will be the set­ting for the per­for­mance, hosted by Hinck­ley Mu­sic Club, which will fea­ture sonatas by Scar­latti and Mozart, Brahms Vari­a­tions on a Theme of Pa­ganini and eight of Rach­mani­nov’s nine Études-Tableaux.

A stu­dent at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester, Mr Jones per­forms across Europe, hav­ing won prizes in in­ter­na­tional pi­ano com­pe­ti­tions in Rome and Manch­ester among oth­ers.

He said: “In this recital I want to con­vey a chrono­log­i­cal sur­vey of pi­ano writ­ing from the baroque pe­riod up to the 20th cen­tury.

“In Scar­latti we find early ex­am­ples of vir­tu­oso pi­ano writ­ing with its highly ac­ro­batic arpeg­gio and scale fig­ures.

“In the Mozart we start to see a more ex­pres­sive ap­proach, evok­ing many of the dra­matic el­e­ments found in opera.

“The Brahms has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most dif­fi­cult pieces writ­ten for the pi­ano and in the Etudes-Tableaux we have among the most sump­tu­ous, colour­ful, in­ti­mate mu­sic writ­ten by Rach­mani­nov.

“They are a com­bi­na­tion of in­tensely de­mand­ing, poly­phonic pi­ano writ­ing and mas­ter­fully de­signed, vivid sound­scapes which take the lis­tener on a jour­ney into Rach­mani­nov’s in­ner world.”

Tick­ets cost £12 on the door for adults, or £5 for stu­dents, with ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren free.

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