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Monday 11th February 2019, 7:30 pm
Steven Osborne, one of Britain’s most treasured musicians, joins us at the second Chiltern Arts Festival for a beautiful programme of Schubert, Debussy and Prokofiev.
The first half of the concert features Schubert’s last sonata, the Sonata in Bb – a work which is perhaps his greatest achievement in the form. It has a feeling of tranquility and ease – the ease of a composer who is relaxed in his ability to express his ideas and emotions.
The second half opens with the beautiful prelude “Des pas sur la neige” by Debussy – the title of which translates to “Footprints in the Snow”. We finish with the third of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas the longest of his nine piano sonatas. Written in 1944 with the end of the war in sight, this is a work of great emotional breadth and depth and amongst feelings of tension, drama and impending tragedy, Prokofiev also creates a reflective and haunting atmosphere, particularly with his gentle, almost Schubertian middle movement.
SCHUBERT: Sonata in Bb D960
DEBUSSY: Prelude “Des pas sur la neige”
PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No 8
“Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both, which lent the whole evening a miraculous air… every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence” – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH