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Noriko Kawai: James Dillon

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Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years.

The Guardian’s music critic Tom Service calls James Dillon’s poetic tour-de-force, The Book of Elements, ‘the most significant contribution to the pianist's repertoire since György Ligeti's Etudes.’

The five volumes of The Book of Elements are made up of 27 piano pieces.

Each volume is of roughly equal duration, but the individual works gradually get longer as the cycle progresses.

Starting with the 11 piano miniatures of Volume 1 and building to a single work in Volume 5, the listener is taken on an 80-minute odyssey that explores a wide range of piano sonorities and styles, in music that often alludes to the history of the repertoire itself, with fleeting references to Bartók, Debussy, Messiaen and Ligeti.

Noriko Kawai's premiere recording of The Book of Elements was highly praised by commentators, and named Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice.

…the most significant contribution to the pianist's repertoire since György Ligeti's Etudes
The Guardian on The Book of Elements
Like Debussy’s, Dillon’s studies of contemporary piano technique have a poetic lightness and wit
The Sunday Times on The Book of Elements
The listener is kept enthralled […] the entire history of keyboard virtuosity from Frescobaldi to Ligeti is thrown into the melting pot.
Gramophone on The Book of Elements
Dillon's instrumental writing takes no prisoners, but the playing of Kawai and the Ardittis in all these works is remarkable too; no composer could hope for better
The Guardian on Noriko Kawai

Performers

Noriko Kawai piano

Repertoire

James Dillon: The Book of Elements for piano

Dates & times

19 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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where

Purcell Room

Pricing

£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15, £20

Multi-buy discount
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Concessions

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Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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