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Time Stands Still – Hugo Ticciati, Víkingur Ólafsson & Miyoko Shida

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Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
On Friday 11 May 2018 at 19:30
Hugo TicciatiViolin
Víkingur ÓlafssonPiano
Miyoko Shidabalance act

Artist-in-residence Hugo Ticciati and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson are joined by Japanese performer Miyoko Shida for an evening of gravity-defying magic.

During Pärt’s mesmerising Spiegel im Spiegel, Shida will construct a giant, precariously quivering structure – the renowned ‘Sanddorn Balance’ act.

 The evening opens with works expressing ideas of suspension and silence, themes picked up by Ticciati in his improvisation and by Ólafsson in the beguiling piano Etudes of Philip Glass. After Cage’s ‘uncomposed’ 4’ 33”, Ólafsson presents Beethoven’s mighty Sonata No. 32 with Op. 111, whose two movements juxtapose intense contrapuntal event against glacial harmonic stasis. In a series of variations, bar-lines eventually dissolve and all sense of metric time is lost in a shimmer of trills.

‘In [Ólafsson’s] hands the slow motion of the music’s shifting patterns and colours is almost hallucinogenic.’ Financial Times

‘Ólafsson’s interpretations inhabit a unique, distinct and extraordinary world all their own.’ Gramophone

Part of Time Unwrapped 2018 at Kings Place 

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