Thursday 5 Mar 2020, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Roland Kluttig conductor

Nicolas Hodges piano

Xenakis Evryali (for solo piano)

Aribert Reimann Piano Concerto No.2UK premiere

Hear two influential works from the 1970s in this programme showcasing the formidable skill of pianist Nicolas Hodges.

Opening the concert, Xenakis’s Evryali, a whirlwind piece for solo piano, crosses the entire range of the piano in bursts of frenetic energy, punctuated by moments of silence. Composed using a mathematical technique, Evryali is filled with contrasts as the music moves from violent chords and rumbling bass lines up to the fragile upper end of the piano’s register.

Written a year earlier, Aribert Reimann’s Second Piano Concerto places the piano at the centre of a constantly shifting ensemble. Intense moments from the entire group give way to subdued duets in which the piano partners up with a solo instrument, the restless music constantly changing in a kaleidoscope of colour. 

 

ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE

  • Tickets: This concert is FREE and unticketed - just walk in
  • Running time: 40 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • Drinks: You can take drinks from the bar into this evening's performance
  • After the concert: ​George Benjamin conducts his own work alongside music by Knussen, Messiaen and Janáček, with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

This concert is part of the Music of Today series