classical music

Eric Lu: Poetry Without Borders

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Mixing grand statements and intimate utterances, this recital journeys from the privacy of the confessional to the horror of war.

When Eric Lu won the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, the world sat up and listened.

‘Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding,’ wrote The Daily Telegraph.

In his Mazurkas, Chopin reimagined the music of his native Poland for western European audiences, creating landscapes in miniature that transcend their humble origins to contain entire worlds. By contrast the Barcarolle is a grand, expansive work written in his later years.

Devastated by the death of Beethoven and contemplating his best friend’s impending departure for Venice, Franz Schubert turned to the piano. He wrote a short, bittersweet Allegretto lined with the sadness of a farewell.

A year later, months from his own death, the composer wrote his monumental penultimate piano sonata. Its outward geniality conceals a dark undertow, the music of a full but painful life coming tragically to its end.

As the Russian army came within reach of victory at Stalingrad, Moscow saw the premiere of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.7 – the central work of the composer’s so-called ‘war sonatas’.

It’s a ferocious score untempered by niceties and darkened by conflict, even as it dares to dream of peace.

A veritable poet of the keyboard
The Guardian

Performers

Eric Lu piano

Repertoire

Schubert: Allegretto in C minor, D.915; Sonata in A, D.959
Interval
Chopin: 3 Mazurkas, Op.59
Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83

Dates & times

6 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing
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