Concert: Burgess, Bach, Shostakovich, Beethoven
- Thu 28 Nov 2019
- 7:00 pm
We are delighted to welcome the award-winning pianist Stéphane Ginsburgh to the Burgess Foundation for a special concert performance.
Anthony Burgess composed his 24 Preludes and Fugues (subtitled ‘The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard’) in 1985, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. This ingenious and inventive piece, with its brief romantic and music hall elements, oscillates between the classicism of Bach and the modernity of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose own set of Preludes and Fugues had been completed in 1951.
Stéphane Ginsburgh will play selections from Anthony Burgess’s fascinating cycle on Burgess’s own Bösendorfer piano, alongside preludes and fugues by Bach and Shostakovich. The concert will include Beethoven’s sonata opus 110, one of his finest late works.
Stéphane Ginsburgh has performed concerts worldwide at festivals including Agora Ircam, Ars Musica, Bach Academie Brugge, Festival van Vlaanderen, Transit, Tzlil Meudcan, Festival de Marseille, Quincena Musical, Imatronic/ZKM, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Gaida Festival, and the Ultima Oslo. He explores an extensive repertoire and is also known for experimenting with new configurations including voice, percussion, acting and electronics. He regularly plays with the Ictus Ensemble.
With the support of WBI – Wallonie-Bruxelles International
Photograph © Marc-Henri Cykiert, 2019