Mark Viner at Wigmore Hall


The Keyboard Trust is delighted to announce that the remarkable British pianist,

MARK VINER will be giving its annual Wigmore Hall Prizewinner’s recital on Friday, 2 March 7.30 PM in memory of Bill Newman, a long standing friend of the Trust.

Mark will be performing:

Liszt — Bénédiction et Serment — Deux motifs de Benvenuto Cellini de Berlioz S.396

Alkan — Souvenirs — Trois morceaux dans le genre pathétique Op.15

Thalberg — Fantaisie sur des thèmes de l'opéra Moïse de G. Rossini Op.33

Chopin — Deux nocturnes Op.48

Liszt — Réminiscences de Norma — Grande fantaisie S.394

When choosing the repertoire for this programme, Mark not only wanted to select works by composers whom he most enjoys playing but he also wished to give as representative a cross section of mid-nineteenth century piano writing as possible. The four composers around whom the programme is built, were all born within a year of one another and all were active in Paris for important periods of their careers. Between them they arguably changed the course of piano writing, unlocking untold possibilities and ushering forth the modern piano.

The programme opens with Liszt's Bénédiction et Serment — a magisterial setting of two themes from Berlioz's opera which Liszt conducted in his earlier years at Weimar. To follow, Mark offers us Alkan's phantasmagorical triptych of 1837, the Souvenirs — a vivid and, at times, disturbing psychological exploration of love and death. The middle movement of the work, entitled Le vent was in vogue at the turn of the last century and was all Alkan was known for, if at all. It hasn't been heard at Wigmore Hall for 107 years since Adela Verne programmed it in her début recital there in 1911. We return to the opera house for the Fantaisie sur des thèmes de l'opéra Moïse de G. Rossini, by Thalberg. This was one of the most popular piano works of the day and its enduring success was no doubt due to the exhilarating close which features the fullest embodiment of the so-called 'three-hand effect'. The two Nocturnes by Chopin are rarely heard as a pair. Liszt's Réminiscences de Norma featured prominently on the composer's own recital programmes and ranks among the very finest of his sixty-odd forays into the genre. It is remarkable not only as a conspectus of the possibilities to be had from the piano, but also in its ability to encapsulate the very essence of Bellini's opera in a single seventeen-minute structure.

Mark is the UK’s leading exponent of Alkan’s works (and Chairman of the Alkan and Liszt Societies). He has just released a CD of works by Alkan on the Piano Classics label — to considerable acclaim — in the Sunday Times, Guardian and Gramophone Magazine.

‘A blazing young British talent’ — Gramophone

‘Beguiling …’ — Guardian

‘Consistently beautiful sound’ — Sunday Times Culture

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER FOR BELGRAVIA RESIDENTS

TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE ON THE TOP THREE PRICES. The offer is available over the phone (020 7935 2141) or in person (sorry, not online!) by quoting: ‘241’.

The recital is on Friday, 2 March 7.30 PM at Wigmore Hall.

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