SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2019

© Chris Christodoulou

© Chris Christodoulou






Fantasie in C major, Op.17


Piano Sonata No. 31 in A♭major, Op.110


Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37,'Grand Sonata'


Ballade No.4 in F minor

Our season opens with one of the foremost pianists of our time, Peter Donohoe, whom we are delighted to welcome to our Summer Festival. Acclaimed for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique, Donohoe has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as orchestras from across the world, and has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors. 

Schumann’s early Fantasie was composed while he was separated from his beloved Clara to whom he wrote “The first movement may well be the most passionate I have ever composed – a deep lament for you”. This longing theme is followed by Beethoven’s turbulent Sonata in A flat, with its gently yearning slow movement. Tchaikovsky’s only piano sonata is written on a quasi-symphonic scale and in a style that demands not only an impregnable technique but an almost orchestral approach to sonority. Donohoe finishes with Chopin’s beautiful 4th Ballade which perfectly rounds out this interesting programme.