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Stephen De Pledge Piano Recital Tour


Tue 8 Sep 2009, 7:30pm

Where: Ilott Theatre, 111 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington

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 3 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 for the Chamber Music New Zealand tour 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, then a tribute to composer Billy Mayerl 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 New Zealand performances since their acclaimed première in the 2008 New Zealand 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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