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Stephen De Pledge Piano Recital Tour


Thu 10 Sep 2009, 8:00pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Concert Chamber, 303 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: SWPR Ltd

Presented By Chamber Music New Zealand

Stephen De Pledge is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. After studies at the University of Auckland, and the Guildhall School of Music, he won two major awards which launched his career as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.

Stephen has recorded numerous solo and chamber music recordings, and has broadcast for Radio and Classic FM in the UK, also on radio in USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. Performances in the 2008 season include two Wigmore Hall appearances, a chamber music tour of Sweden, and a concert in the opening weekend of London's new concert venue, King's Place.

Stephen's programme opens with one of Beethoven's most loved sonatas, the 'Pathétique'. It is followed by Debussy's vivid 'painting in sound' illustrated in his first book of Images, and then a tribute to composer Billy Mayerl who died 50 years ago, and whose jazzy, ragtime style is making a welcome comeback to the concert hall.

In the second half, Brahms' dramatic Rhapsodies, the height of musical Romanticism, contrast with three New Zealand Landscape Preludes, receiving their first NZ performances since their acclaimed premiére in the 2008 International Arts Festival. The programme finishes with Prokofiev's wonderful Sonata No 7, a work of high drama and beauty, and a notoriously virtuosic final movement.

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