Simon Callaghan is joined by two leading string players to present a programme of orchestral works by Berlioz and Richard Strauss. Essentially concertos for viola and cello, they showcase the virtuosity and skill of the soloists (including the piano which will function as the orchestra!), while presenting these passionate works in a transparent, chamber setting.
Berlioz arr. Liszt Harold in Italy H68
Strauss arr. Willner Don Quixote Op. 35
Rosalind Ventris (viola)
Karel Bredenhorst (cello)
Simon Callaghan (piano)
Pre-concert recital | Hiro Takenouchi, 5:30pm in the Main Hall
Explore the journey of Mozart’s life from young prodigy to the epitome of classical music, as Hiro Takenouchi continues his series of performing all of Mozart’s sonatas for solo piano, leading up to his finale concert on April 28th.
Mozart Piano Sonata No.5 in G K283
Mozart Piano Sonata No.7 in C K309
“Perhaps the most celebrated 'sonata-thon' is the monumental series by Beethoven. I have never done it myself, but have heard reports from those who have, about the discovery, the mental journey, the spiritual progress, the journey of the man himself, and so on. I have a sneaking suspicion and a somewhat sanguine wish that I might find the same shining wonder in all the sonatas by Mozart. Although we know that his skills as a composer matured, and he certainly changed his language to suit the evolving musical fashions, I want to test this theory by playing them all, to find the unchanging and sparkling spirit of a man preserved in all the sonatas.
I have now lived longer than Mozart did. Not that this gives me any right or superior insight into his music, but it is an odd feeling that I am in a position to look back at all the ages at which Mozart wrote these 18 works. If I have time, I might endeavour to play the Beethovens, Schuberts, or even the Haydns too!”
(Words by Hiro Takenouchi)