Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Sat 21 Mar 2020,
7th SJE Arts International Piano Series:Stephen Hough
Saturday 21 March 2020, 7.30pm
Composer, writer and peerless performer, Stephen Hough takes on the theme of death. People are reluctant, he notes, to confront the reality of death but ‘in painting, literature and music, death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression’. Hough’s programme explores this further.
Bach supposedly wrote the Chaconne in memory of his first wife Maria, while Busoni’s Berceuse acquired, on orchestration, the subtitle 'the man’s lullaby at his mother’s coffin’. Sonata no. 2 by Chopin has the famous Funeral March slow movement and Hough’s own Sonata no. 4 reflects on the transience of life. Of the three Liszt pieces, Funérailles commemorates three of the composer’s friends who died in the crushed Hungarian uprising of 1849, while the two Mephisto waltzes conjure the devil himself in an unholy brew of dissonance, tension and passion.
Stephen Hough’s previous SJE performances have had a charged atmosphere. We anticipate a thrilling evening.
Tickets: £35, £28, £21, £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
This concert has been postponed. We will be in touch in due course regarding your exchange options.