I’m at home practising … although it’s getting very warm outdoors. This is why:

May 3rd: Loch Shiel Festival, Scotland
Albéniz: Iberia

5th: Loch Shiel Festival
Messiaen: Le Courlis cendré
Sorabji: Le Jardin parfumé

10th: University of Hertfordshire MayFest [lunchtime]
Smith: Al contrario
Alkan: Etude op.39 no.8

17th: Kiev, Masterklass Cultural Centre, Lavrska 16a
Alkan: Concerto op.39 nos.8—10
Sorabji: Le Jardin parfumé

24th: Oxford Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
Alkan: Concerto op.39 nos.8—10
Sorabji: Le Jardin parfumé
Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica

26th: Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College, 13.00
White: Sonatina no.8 [extracts]
Alkan: Concerto op.39 nos.8—10

28th: London UCL, Haldane Room, 19.00, Institute of Jewish Studies                      
Alkan: Preludes [selection]
Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica
Alkan: Concerto op.39 nos.8—10

30th: New North London Synagogue, 19.30
Alkan: Preludes [selection]
Alkan: Three Hebrew Songs
Alkan: Concerto op.39 nos.8—10

1 June: Schott Spring Piano Series, Schott Music, London
Aperghis: A Tombeau ouvert
Barrett: Lost
Messiaen: Le Courlis cendré
Radulescu: Sonata no.2
Sorabji: Le Jardin parfumé
Busoni: Fantasia contrappuntistica

Many of these concerts are supported by the UK Alkan Society — it’s the bicentenary of his birth — and I’m very grateful for this.

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Next week is very exciting as I will play in Norway for the first time, thanks to the excellent Borealis Festival and its artistic director Alwynne Pritchard. I’ll even be playing in the Troldsalen, the concert hall built to complement the Grieg Museum in his house Troldhaugen. The programme combines late-Romantic, early modern and contemporary musings on death and the afterlife (the theme of this year’s festival is THE END) by Liszt, Ives, Scriabin, Scelsi, Aperghis and Radulescu.


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New CD release – Kornauth piano music on Toccata Classics

My latest CD is the first volume of a project to record the piano works of Egon Kornauth. A box of them arrived this morning! Clicking on the link will take you to Toccata Classics’ website where you can listen to samples.

It was recorded, edited and mastered by the excellent Adaq Khan with whom I continue to collaborate. Watch this space for release information of our Grainger, Sibelius and Konstantin Eiges recordings.


Soundcloud

16Feb13

I’ve recently put quite few live recordings on Soundcloud … If you fancy a listen, go to https://soundcloud.com/isokani and have a look: there’s some Albeniz, Debussy, Marx, Grainger, Enecsu, Alexandrov, Bach-Feinberg.


Here is a list of my concerts this Autumn. Mostly Messiaen (newly learned earlier this summer) and Albeniz (continuing the touring I did of Iberia earlier in the year), but with some exciting new things: my wife Irena and I will give our first complete piano duet concert, including a new piece written for us by Morgan Hayes, I will be playing some Szymanowski near his birthplace in Ukraine, and I’ll be going back to JAMU (the Janacek Academy) in Brno, taking with me not only the 20 regards but also pieces by Aperghis, Barrett and Radulescu that I learned earlier in the year. I’ll also play some brand new pieces there, too. I’m also really looking forward to going back to Denmark, and playing more 2-piano repertoire with the excellent Jørgen Hald Nielsen, a man never afraid of a challenge (I mean the programme, not working with me, although he may beg to differ on this).

25 September
Ogólnokształcąca szkoła muzyczna I i II stopnia im Fryderyka Chopina w Bytomiu, 17.30 [i.e. Bytom Music School, it just comes out v long in Polish]
Albéniz: Iberia

1 October
Congress Hall, Levoča, 15.00 http://www.lblfestival.eu/
Duo concert with Irena Powell: Schubert, Ravel, Grainger, Lutosławski, Hayes

2 October
Congress Hall, Levoča, 15.00
Albéniz: Iberia

5 October
Philarmonia, Kirovograd
Szymanowski: Masques, Sonata no.3
Sorabji: Gulistan
Albéniz: Iberia, book 4

19 October
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford, 20.00
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

20 October
Brighton
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

21 October
Schott Recital Room, 48 Gt Marlborough St, London, 16.30
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

25 October
Schott Recital Room, 48 Gt Marlborough St, London
Szymanowski: Sonata no.3
David Hackbridge Johnson: Nocturnal Preludes, Scherzo épicé

6 November
JAMU, Brno: Setkávání nové hudby Plus
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

8 November
JAMU, Brno
Aperghis, Radulescu, Barrett

16 November
Masterklass Cultural Centre, 16a Lavrskaya, Kiev
Albéniz: beria

18 November
GogolFest, Kiev
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

30 November
Århus, Denmark
Albéniz: Iberia

1 December
Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg, Denmark [afternoon concert]
Albeniz: Iberia

3 December
Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg, Denmark
masterclass

4 December
Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Odense
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

5 December
Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg
2 piano concert with Jørgen Hald Nielsen
Zimmermann, Busoni, Bentzon, Grainger


My latest CD is now in the factory, and will soon be available. Jānis Mediņš’ 24 Dainas were written over a period of 40 years. The CD is released by Toccata Classics. Mediņš was from a family of Latvian musicians and helped establish opera and ballet in his native country. After emigrating to Sweden, he concentrated on chamber music. His music is broadly Romantic with strong links to Latvian folk traditions (the daina is a traditional Latvian folk form). This was the first CD I made with the excellent Adaq Khan, the sound engineer with whom I’ve just recorded some Grainger (including Stevenson’s transcription of Hill Song no.1, and early rarities like Train Music and Sea Song Sketch), and the music of Konstantin Eiges (1875-1950, a friend of Rachmaninoff and Medtner). News on them as and when.

 


Brno JAMU

03Dec11

Just about to leave for Brno, where I have a week residency at JAMU (Janacek Academy). I’ll be giving two concerts: one of Ives + Grainger, the other of Ferneyhough, Tiensuu, Murail, Sirodeau, Ligeti, Graham + Sirodeau. I’ll also give a talk on Grainger and do some teaching. It’s a great town + the hotel’s nice!


My new CD of music by Felix Blumenfeld has been released by Convivium Records and is available now. It contains the quite large Sonate-Fantaisie and Nocturne-Fantaisie, and a collection of smaller pieces, including the cycle Episodes from the Life of a Dancer. The music is quite fun.

I am about to go to Husum to play in the 25th edition of the Raritaeten des Klaviermusiks am Schloss vor Husum. No Blumenfeld this time, but music by quite a few of his friends and contemporaries like Alexandrov (whose music Blumenfeld played), Konstantin Eiges, Leonid Nikolayev (the fantastic Barcarolle — which Scriabin described as ‘heavenly’ — and Tarantella) as well as the Sonata op.25 no.2 of Medtner.

I have almost finished putting my collection of scores into cardboard boxes. 9 very large ones that are quite hard to lift.

I have also been learning Michael Finnissy’s Piano Concerto no.2 that I’m going to play in Moscow in September …


news

14Jul11

Hello.

My CD of John White’s early piano sonatas appeared early this year on Convivium Records. The same company have just sent my CD of solo pieces by Felix Blumenfeld to the factory, so that will be ready quite soon.

I have just updated the whole site as well.


Last year I helped put together a series of concerts in the recital room in the basement of the Schott shop and publisher in London. They went pretty well so we have devised another. The pianists are mostly different ones from last year, and are all friends, some of whom are coming quite a long way to play. Quite a few of the performers are composers as well. I hope there’ll be a good audience.

All concerts start at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available on the door: £10, £7 concessions.

Schott Recital Room
48 Great Marlborough Street
London W1F 7BB
Underground: Oxford Circus
Tottenham Court Rd
020 7292 6090

8 April
Evgenia Startseva and Yuri Paterson-Olenich
Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues (extracts)
Medtner Skazki and Stimmungsbilder
Schubert Fantasy in F minor
Musorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

17 April
Jonathan Powell
Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Blumenfeld Episodes in the Life of a Dancer
Medtner Sonata op.25 no.2 ‘Night Wind’
Obukhov Hostie

23 April
Christophe Sirodeau
Mompou from Suburbis, Préludes and Paysajes
Kurtág Játekok (extracts)
Ravel Sonatine
Sirodeau Portraits secrets: Hommage à Schoenberg
Schoenberg Three Pieces op.11
Feinberg Fantasie no.2 op.9, Berceuse op19a
Ullmann Sonata no.1 op.10

30 April
Tomasz Kamieniak
Thalberg Réminiscences de la Sonnambula de Bellini
Kamieniak Sonate (world première)
Alkan Concerto for solo piano

With support from the Alkan Society

6 May
Panos Karan
Enescu Suite no.2
Chopin Ballades

Nicholas Austin
Liszt Gretchen aus Eine Faust-Symphonie
Godowsky Java Suite

13 May
Rob Keeley
Poole Chinese Whispers
Keeley Etudes de cloche
Jolivet Mana
Roussel Danse au bord de l’eau
Hahn Le Rossignol éperdu (extracts)

John White
Liszt Aux Cyprès de la Villa d’Este II; Berceuse from La Reine de Saba (Gounod); Hungarian Rhapsody no.3
Grieg Lyric Pieces (selection)
White Sonatas nos.167, 169 and 170
Alkan Esquisses (selection)
Bruckner Idylle
Saint-Saëns Etude op.52 no.5
Grainger Blithe Bells