Bernard d’Ascoli (piano)

Monday 19th November 2018
7:30pm at the Penrith Methodist Church
Tickets: £16 (students £2), at the door or in advance.

Penrith Music Club’s 75th anniversary season continues with a concert given by the French pianist Bernard d’Ascoli.

Join us to hear French classics, by way of Chopin, who lived and worked for much of his adult life, short that it was, in Paris, and whose influence upon particularly the French masters of the keyboard, such as Debussy and Ravel this recital clearly sets out to show.

Bernard d’Ascoli came to prominence in this country in 1981, having already made his mark in Europe, by gaining third prize at the Leeds Piano Competition (Ian Hobson gained first prize and Peter Donohoe, another celebrated British pianist, was fifth). Since then he has forged a truly international career, performing and recording with all the major orchestras of the world, as well as making highly acclaimed recordings, especially of Chopin.

For our concert he will be performing six of Chopin’s Etudes, together with Ravel’s sparkling Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, and three of Debussy’s Images, immersive (to use modern parlance) piano pictures. To complete, or rather start, his recital Bernard d’Ascoli will perform Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Choral and Fugue, a magisterially expressive tour de force, which again prefigures much of what French impressionist composers produced.

This promises to be an absorbing concert of some of the gems of French piano music, and, I almost forgot to mention that Bernard d’Ascoli is blind.

Tickets are available from Lakeland Music, Beckside Books and the Tourist Information Centre in Penrith, or at the door.

Programme

Franck Prelude, Choral & Fugue FWV 21
Chopin Six Studies (Op.10 Nos. 12 & 6; Op.25 Nos.5, 10 & 7; Op.10 No.4)
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Debussy Images Book II ( Cloches a travers les feuilles; Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut; Poissons d’or) L’Isle Joyeuse

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