Richard's Blog

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Sep
11

Nocturne

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,  but the sight of the stars makes me dream…   ... Vincent Van Gogh   In a small gallery on the fifth floor of the Museum of Modern Art in New York hangs one of the most famous paintings in Western culture; Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' (1889). Tourists flock to have their photograph taken next to the painting, marching past Cubist masterpieces by Picasso, Braque and others without a second glance. Perhaps the Cubists do not have the same immediate allure, perhaps they are harder to understand, or perhaps Van Gogh's masterpiece is simply more famous, but these small galleries house some of the most iconic images in Western culture. I have always been interested in the links between art and music, and conceived this recording along the lines of a Cubist painting, considering nocturnes and night music from...
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Feb
20

Welcome to my redesigned website!

Welcome to my redesigned website! I have had a busy (but hugely enjoyable) few months preparing a variety of different concert programmes, but I think the highlight for me would have to be the two performances I gave of Rachmaninov's epic Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op.19 with Andrew Fuller. Andrew is such a great musician to work with - an outstanding cellist, and a very easy chamber music partner too! I love the way he plays the Schubert 'Apreggione' Sonata – just like a great lieder singer. I hope we can do much more together... My piano duet partner, Faith Leadbetter, had to withdraw at the last minute from a concert in Bramley, Surrey with the flu – fortunately Andrew and I had been rehearsing the programme of Schubert, Martinu and Rachmaninov, and were able to give it at 24 hours notice! Happily, Faith is now recovered, and we...
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