DEBUSSY Selections from ‘Études’, L. 136
GEORGE FU Passacaglia on a theme by Radiohead
BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel, Op. 24

City Music Foundation Artist George Xiaoyuan Fu plays an inspired recital filled with compositions inspired by other works. The programme opens with a selection from Debussy’s Études, short studies that look back at Chopin while deploying colours that reach toward the avant-garde.

The pianist’s own composition, Passacaglia on a theme by Radiohead, is a fantasy composed upon a theme from Airbag, one in which the theme appears “in many different guises... always staying true to the major-minor/yin-yang seesawing that is at the core of its bittersweet, Sehnsucht-ridden DNA.” Finally, Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel is a youthful piece filled with ingenuity and variety, culminating in a highly complex and exciting fugue.

2PM Post-concert Q&A with the artist

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