classical music

Daniel Wnukowski: 'Viennese' Twist

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold with the ‘dashing’ pianist.

The programme begins with a set of piano miniatures by Brahms, ranging in moods from sunny waltzes to the wistful character pieces of Op.119 - Brahms' last works for piano. The first half ends with a touch of dark humour, featuring Castles in the Air by the Viennese composer HK Gruber.

The second half opens with Beethoven's stormy, multifaceted drama, the Tempest Sonata and ends on a nostalgic note, with '30s & '40s opera & movie themes by Korngold in the form of rousing, dramatic solo piano arrangements.

From the pure romance between Robin and Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood to the majestic portrayals of Elizabethan England's struggles with Spain in The Sea Hawk, Korngold's lush, operatic soundtracks created the golden Hollywood Sound, which inspired decades of film composers, including John Williams and Hans Zimmer.

Polish-Canadian pianist Wnukowski has been hailed as ‘rapturous and glowing’ by International Record Review, ‘dashing’ by The Sunday Times and for showing ‘a fierce inner conviction and sense of discovery’ by Fanfare Magazine.

He has performed with orchestras including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Poznan Philharmonic and with conductors including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos.


Daniel Wnukowski piano


Brahms: 16 Waltzes for piano, Op.39; 4 Pieces for piano, Op.119
HK Gruber: Luftschlösser (Castles in the Air)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D minor, Op.31 No.2 (Tempest)
Korngold: Excerpts from Die Tote Stadt; Grandmother's theme from King's Row; Excerpts from The Adventures of Robin Hood arr. Daniel Wnukowski for piano

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