Programme with Robert Bridge on the piano
Mozart – Rondo in A minor, K.511
Scriabin – Sonata-Fantasy No.2, Op.19
Chopin – Three Impromptus
Liszt – Harmonies du Soir/Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto
The programme is a mixture of finesse, ravishing beauty and virtuoso panache (and that’s just the pianist…) and includes some of Robert’s favourite pieces in the piano repertoire. Mozart’s stand-alone Rondo is a late work, unusual both for its chromaticism and rich harmonies and for the extraordinary amount of expressive detail which Mozart included in the score. Scriabin’s Second Sonata is an evocation of the sea and its different moods, radiant stillness side by side with stormy turbulence. Chopin wrote three Impromptus at different stages of his life: the noble procession of the second Impromptu in sharp contrast to the whirling arabesques of the outer two pieces. The two pieces of Liszt which end the recital show two very different sides of this extraordinary composer: the daring and seductive harmonies of Harmonies du Soir set against the glittering technical high jinks of his paraphrase on themes from Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto.
As ever the concert is free with free drinks included and you are welcome to bring something quiet to do whilst you listen if you want to. The retiring collection will donate to an extraordinary enterprise set up by local nurse practitioner, Anne Varvill, who has been organising the purchase of emergency medical supplies and helping to get them to some of the most desperately affected areas in the Ukrainian conflict. One of the drivers, Nix Kersley, is the mum of one Robert’s pupils and one of a number of parents at Wimbledon High School who are loading up and driving requisitioned ambulances out to the Polish border where they are met by drivers who take the ambulances and supplies into Ukraine.
You can read about Anne’s work here:
Hope to see you all on July 3rd!