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10th June, 2022

Ian Pace, Beethoven-Liszt Cycle: Symphony No. 3

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10th June, 2022
19:00 - 21:00
College Building
280 St John St
London EC1V 0HB

Ian Pace continues his 2022 Beethoven cycle with a performance of the Eroica symphony, in the rarely performed transcription for solo piano by Franz Liszt.

The symphony is complemented by two notorious works of ‘transcendental virtuosity’ by Alkan and Skryabin in the first half of the concert, alongside more recent works by James Dillon, Camden Reeves and Jenny Jackson, whose Pacemaker (2021) similarly explores the limits of a performer’s technical prowess, as they traverse pianistic ‘trip hazards’ against the clock.

This concert is the fifth in a series throughout 2022, in which Ian Pace plans to perform a complete cycle of Beethoven-Liszt symphonies. The programmes include works inspired and illuminated by the symphonies, including music by Schumann, Berlioz, Ives and Finnissy, and other music by Beethoven and Liszt.

Besides being a ‘portable’ version of Beethoven’s orchestral masterpieces, these virtuoso transcriptions are a demonstration of Liszt’s exceptional pianism, an insight into the works’ structures and material, and foreground perceived demonic and other macabre elements in the music, which relate to Liszt’s original compositions.

Professor Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde.

Based in London since 1993, he has pursued an active international career, performing in 24 countries and at most major European venues and festivals. His vast repertoire of all periods focuses particularly upon music of the 20th and 21st Century. He has given world premieres of over 250 piano works.

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