Thu 27 Feb 2020, SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church
A Grade I, G.F. Bodley designed church and adjoining cloister that forms part of St Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University.
Recently updated as a concert venue, SJE has underfloor heating and new lighting, comfortable chairs, a new toilet block, staging, and a Steinway D concert grand piano. The acoustic is superb.
SJE is on the Iffley Road opposite the University Sports Ground. Buses from Oxford city centre stop directly outside. Buses from London stop five minutes' walk away in St Clement's.
Capacity: 400 - 500
Disabled access and toilet.
Bar on site for most events.
A selection of Green Rooms for performers.
Public car parks at St Clement's and behind Tesco on Cowley Road.
Limited parking for performers and Blue Badge holders in the college and, for some events, extra parking for the general public nearby
Walking: approx. 25 mins
By Bus: approx. 15 mins, from Westgate (Stop E1), Bus 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, James Street West Stop. Also X90 and BROOKESbus U5
By car: approx. 5
109a Iffley Road,
7th SJE Arts International Piano Series: Alexei Volodin
Thursday 27 February 2020, 7.30pm
Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin pursues an international career and offers a diverse repertoire, ranging from Beethoven and Brahms through Tchaikovsky to Gershwin. He remains however a native of Russia, born in Leningrad and trained at Moscow Conservatoire, and tonight his programme is an entirely Russian one.
A fairy tale atmosphere pervades as Volodin opens with a selection from Nikolai Medtner’s 38 vivid piano miniatures, including Op.34 no.3 conjuring the not so benign wood goblin and Op.35 no.4, which references King Lear’s challenge to the elements. Prokofiev’s single movement 3rd Sonata follows, a short and energetic work that Prokofiev took from sketches dating back to his student years.
To bring the concert to a close, Alexei Volodin takes on Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata no.1. Less well known than the more flamboyant Sonata no.2, this is a colossus of a piece, demanding much of the pianist in terms of both subtlety and skill. Rachmaninov’s initial idea was to take Goethe’s Faust legend as the theme and although he abandoned the idea, traces remain in the many voices and powerful mood changes. It will be a rare treat to hear this under-performed work.
Alexei Volodin is an exclusive Steinway artist.
Tickets: £30, £26, £17; under 25s £10 reduction.
Season Passes are also available for all 7th SJE Arts Piano Series concerts. Click HERE for more details or to book.
Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval
Medtner: Fairy Tales (selection)
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 3
Rachmaninov: Sonata no. 1
To book a Wheelchair Space for this event, please call 01865 305 305.