Beethoven, Liszt, Jonathan Dove

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  • Date:
    Saturday 22 Apr 2017
  • Time:
    7:30 PM


Melvyn Tan © Eoin Carey (WED 29 APR)BEETHOVEN Bagatelles Op 126,
Sonata No 30 Op 109
DOVE Catching Fire
LISZT Sonata in B minor S178


A virtuoso display of piano masterworks

BEETHOVEN Bagatelles Op 126, Sonata No 30 Op 109
DOVE Catching Fire
LISZT Sonata in B minor S178

Internationally acclaimed for the wit, poetry and warmth of his playing, Melvyn Tan has received ovations throughout the world for his intelligent interpretations and bold programming. He returns this season with a beautiful and searching recital that includes Liszt's great Sonata and two mature late works by Beethoven. He also presents a new work by long-time collaborator Jonathan Dove which was composed to mark the pianist's 60th Birthday.

'The most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists' The Guardian


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  • Antony


    A Master Class on this lovely Saturday afternoon. Two young people, one after the other, each having prepared a different piece by Debussy. Really well prepared. The young man, who looked late teens, had memorised his piece. The young woman - early twenties perhaps - still had her music. MelvynTan was utterly delightful and insightful with them. First the chosen pieces were individually performed, then Mr Tan eased them into thinking about the underlying character of each, and encouraged them to relax and place different emphasis on just small passages, or suggested speeding up or slowing down. These young people responded so readily and intelligently that by the end of their individual half hour sessions their playing was utterly transformed. From well prepared performance into a sort of ever shifting narrative. Blissful.

    I can think of no other pianist of such world renown that plays with his whole body in such a passion-filled way. But in recital that evening his style was just an extension of his master classes where he used the delightful fluidity of his body language to communicate exactly what he wanted to the students.

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