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Julian Jacobson 70th Birthday Celebration

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Sunday 11 March 2018 at 15:00
Programme
Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)Fantasia in C major "Wanderer Fantasy", D.760
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)Piano Sonata no. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op.57
Prokofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)Romeo and Juliet - Ten pieces for piano, Op.75, no.1: Folk dance
Prokofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)Romeo and Juliet - Ten pieces for piano, Op.75 no.4: The Young Juliet
Prokofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)Romeo and Juliet - Ten pieces for piano, Op.75, no.6: Montagues and Capulets
Prokofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)Romeo and Juliet - Ten pieces for piano, Op.75, no.10: Romeo bids Juliet farewell
Gershwin, George (1898-1937)An American in Paris (transcr. Jacobson)
Performers
Julian JacobsonPiano
Mariko BrownPiano

Masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert, Prokofiev and Gershwin

In celebration of his 70th birthday, the acclaimed pianist Julian Jacobson brings four rich and varied programmes of major works by four composers with whom he has been particularly associated over his long and distinguished career. Concerts 1-3 include the epic "War Trilogy" sonatas of Prokofiev, while the final concert ends with Jacobson's brilliant piano duet transcription of Gershwin's "American in Paris".

Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy, based on a song of that name, is an uncharacteristically virtuoso work and also, in its combining of four movements into a single span of music, an extremely influential one. The torrential passions of Beethoven's "Appassionata" have hardly been superseded to this day. And to finish in a lighter vein, four numbers from Prokofiev's ever-popular "Romeo and Juliet" and my own transcription of Gershwin's colourful "An American in Paris".

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