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Pianist Hiroachi Takenouchi performs works by Robert Schumann & William Sterndale Bennett

The concert launches a new recording of works by these composers

Add to my Calendar 08-05-2017 13:10 08-05-2017 15:10 36 Pianist Hiroachi Takenouchi performs works by Robert Schumann & William Sterndale Bennett This is a free lunchtime concert. An Archery Concert Productions recital. Pianist, Hiroaki Takenouchi, launches a new recording of works by William Sterndale Bennett and Robert Schumann on the Artalinna label, as part of his discovery of the English composer’s connection with the German Romantics, and performs works by these composers at a lunchtime concert at London’s St James’s Church, Piccadilly on Monday 8th May 2017.Hiroaki Takenouchi has been keen to champion the music of English Romantic composer, William Sterndale Bennett, (1816 – 1875), who was considered one of the most captivating piano virtuosos of his time and was later to have significant influence on English music, as a teacher and promoter.  His new recording introduces Bennett’s magnum opus; the Piano Sonata Op.13 in F minor of 1837, which is dedicated to Mendelssohn.  Accompanying this work is Robert Schumann's masterpiece for piano, Symphonic Etudes, of 1834, which is dedicated to Bennett.‘A beacon of hope for English Music’Bennett made three extended visits to Leipzig in Germany while in his twenties, between 1836-42, in the company of Mendelssohn and Schumann, both of whom, according to the composer’s great-great-grandson, greatly admired and encouraged his prodigious talents.  Regarded as a beacon of hope for English music at the time, this was to be his most prolific period as a composer. “A large-scale work lasting over thirty minutes, the F minor Sonata, which was completed in Leipzig, is relentlessly demanding of the pianist, containing some of the most challenging virtuoso playing of the age”, explains Takenouchi, “and even in this conventional four-movement sonata structure, the composer is able to convey his most expressive thoughts.” The first movement contains perhaps the composer’s most extensive and absorbed reflections; the Scherzo with its concise and powerful piano writing shows Bennett at his most fluid as a keyboard composer; the gentleness of the Serenata is perhaps a reminder that this was a gift to Mendelssohn on the occasion of his marriage; and the 6/8 Finale, alternates between the lyrical and passionate. Hiroaki Takenouchi hiroakitakenouchi.com Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Hiroaki Takenouchi’s curiosity and natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists: his love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Hubert Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.Based in London, Takenouchi has appeared as soloist on many concert platforms worldwide.  His more unusual projects have included the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany); a BBC Four documentary ‘The Prince and the Composer’ on the life and music of Parry introduced by HRH The Prince of Wales; BBC Radio 3’s ‘Composer of the Week’ featuring piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett and Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, and the first modern-day performance of Percy Sherwood’s Piano Concerto. Takenouchi’s discography includes Haydn: Four Sonatas (Artalinna), which was rewarded an ‘ffff’ Télérama; Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT), as well as the world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). There have been two piano arrangement recordings of Delius’s orchestral works (for SOMM with Simon Callaghan), and Piano Concertos by Georgy Catoire and Percy Sherwood with Martin Yates and Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Dutton Epoch, in another world première recording.Purchase the new recording of works by William Sterndale Bennett and Robert Schumann from Artalinna (ATL A018): http://www.artalinna.com/?page_id=7228 Live performanceA lunchtime concert at 1.10pm on Monday 8th May 2017 at St James’s Church, Piccadilly W1J 9LL, launches this new recording when Hiroaki Takenouchi will perform Bennett’s Three Romances Op.14 and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes. The CD will be on sale during the concert.No ticket required. For further details:www.sjp.org.ukhttps://www.facebook.com/events/439529449745904/  St James' Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

St James' Church
197 Piccadilly
Piccadilly

London
W1J 9LL
England


Programme

William Sterndale Bennett3 Romances, Op.14
Robert SchumannSymphonic Etudes, Op.13

Performers

Hiroaki Takenouchi – piano

Programme Note

This is a free lunchtime concert.

An Archery Concert Productions recital.

Pianist, Hiroaki Takenouchi, launches a new recording of works by William Sterndale Bennett and Robert Schumann on the Artalinna label, as part of his discovery of the English composer’s connection with the German Romantics, and performs works by these composers at a lunchtime concert at London’s St James’s Church, Piccadilly on Monday 8th May 2017.

Hiroaki Takenouchi has been keen to champion the music of English Romantic composer, William Sterndale Bennett, (1816 – 1875), who was considered one of the most captivating piano virtuosos of his time and was later to have significant influence on English music, as a teacher and promoter.  His new recording introduces Bennett’s magnum opus; the Piano Sonata Op.13 in F minor of 1837, which is dedicated to Mendelssohn.  Accompanying this work is Robert Schumann's masterpiece for piano, Symphonic Etudes, of 1834, which is dedicated to Bennett.

‘A beacon of hope for English Music’
Bennett made three extended visits to Leipzig in Germany while in his twenties, between 1836-42, in the company of Mendelssohn and Schumann, both of whom, according to the composer’s great-great-grandson, greatly admired and encouraged his prodigious talents.  Regarded as a beacon of hope for English music at the time, this was to be his most prolific period as a composer.
 
“A large-scale work lasting over thirty minutes, the F minor Sonata, which was completed in Leipzig, is relentlessly demanding of the pianist, containing some of the most challenging virtuoso playing of the age”, explains Takenouchi, “and even in this conventional four-movement sonata structure, the composer is able to convey his most expressive thoughts.”
 
The first movement contains perhaps the composer’s most extensive and absorbed reflections; the Scherzo with its concise and powerful piano writing shows Bennett at his most fluid as a keyboard composer; the gentleness of the Serenata is perhaps a reminder that this was a gift to Mendelssohn on the occasion of his marriage; and the 6/8 Finale, alternates between the lyrical and passionate.
 
Hiroaki Takenouchi hiroakitakenouchi.com 
Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Hiroaki Takenouchi’s curiosity and natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists: his love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Hubert Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.

Based in London, Takenouchi has appeared as soloist on many concert platforms worldwide.  His more unusual projects have included the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany); a BBC Four documentary ‘The Prince and the Composer’ on the life and music of Parry introduced by HRH The Prince of Wales; BBC Radio 3’s ‘Composer of the Week’ featuring piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett and Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, and the first modern-day performance of Percy Sherwood’s Piano Concerto.
 
Takenouchi’s discography includes Haydn: Four Sonatas (Artalinna), which was rewarded an ‘ffff’ Télérama; Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT), as well as the world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). There have been two piano arrangement recordings of Delius’s orchestral works (for SOMM with Simon Callaghan), and Piano Concertos by Georgy Catoire and Percy Sherwood with Martin Yates and Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Dutton Epoch, in another world première recording.
Purchase the new recording of works by William Sterndale Bennett and Robert Schumann from Artalinna (ATL A018): 
http://www.artalinna.com/?page_id=7228
 
Live performance
A lunchtime concert at 1.10pm on Monday 8th May 2017 at St James’s Church, Piccadilly W1J 9LL, launches this new recording when Hiroaki Takenouchi will perform Bennett’s Three Romances Op.14 and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes. 
The CD will be on sale during the concert.
No ticket required. For further details:
www.sjp.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/events/439529449745904/
 

Pianist, Hiroachi Takenouchi (Photo: © Benjamin Ealovega)

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