STEPHEN DE PLEDGE
Sunday 28 June 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall

50TH BIRTHDAY PIANO RECITAL

The New Zealand Partita
JS Bach – Partita no.3 BWV827
Works by Leonie Holmes, Chris Gendall, Christopher Norton, Alex Taylor, Juliet Palmer, Celeste Oram and Helen Bowater.
Chopin – Ballade no.3
Chopin – 3 Mazurkas
Chopin – ‘Heroic’ Polonaise op.53
Prokofiev – Sonata no.3

 

I’m delighted to be touring a special programme for my 50th birthday year in 2020,  I have chosen some of my favourite things to play.  Three absolute giants of the keyboard world had to be included.  Chopin revolutionized the future of piano music, and his music is eternally popular - the 3rd Ballade and Heroic Polonaise are evergreen.  I adore Prokofiev and his fireworks – he’s a real pianist’s composer, everything is pushed to the limits, and in his 3rd sonata we get the compressed brilliance and the outpouring of lyricism too.

Bach sits on top of the mountain for keyboard players, looking benevolently down on us all as we continue to marvel at his unfathomable genius.  The NZ Partita combines my great love of Bach with my love of our contemporary NZ composers – it’s a glorious mash-up, and a project I am excited to share.