CHOPIN His Life & Times, part 1: “Hats of gentlemen, genius”
Jack Gibbons’ 35th Oxford Summer Piano Series
Tickets £20 (Any tickets remaining on the night will be sold on the door of the venue £25 per ticket)
Season ticket covering all 8 concerts of the 2023 Summer Piano Series £88 (The season ticket must be purchased in one transaction. You must have a ticket for each concert in your basket. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively)
CHOPIN Ballade no.1 Op.23
CHOPIN Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante Op.22
CHOPIN Romance from Concerto Op.11 (arr. Gibbons)
CHOPIN 6 Etudes Op.10 nos. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 12
CHOPIN Nocturne in F major Op.15 no.1
CHOPIN Mazurka in C major Op.24 no.2
CHOPIN 2 Mazurkas Op. posth. 68 nos.1 & 2
CHOPIN Waltz in D flat Op. posth. 70 no.3
CHOPIN Lento con gran espressione Op. posth.
The acclaimed pianist Jack Gibbons celebrates the 35th year of his highly popular Oxford Summer Piano Series, founded in 1988, with a series of biographical programmes in the historic Holywell Music Room. In the first of two Chopin concerts the composer’s early life is traced via his epic Ballade no.1, the dazzling Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante Op.22, the deeply moving Romance from the Concerto Op.11 and a selection of studies, mazurkas and waltzes.
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As I listened, enthralled, to his glorious playing – now melting, now almost terrifying in its ferocity – there flashed across my mind that much quoted remark of Schumann's concerning Chopin: 'Hats off, gentlemen, genius.’ Surely there was more than a touch of genius in Jack Gibbons
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