classical music

Karim Said: Fantasies and Dances

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Karim Said weaves his way through formal music from Elizabethan England and modernist Vienna, sprinkling piano fantasies from down the ages in between.

The radical pianist returns to Southbank Centre for this exploration of dances and fantasias from throughout keyboard history.

Context is key. Dances underpin the shapely, chivalrous music of the English Renaissance composers Byrd, Morley, Tomkins and Bull.

When Arnold Schoenberg came to experiment with his radical ‘12-tone’ method, he did so with a piece that used old dances from a similar time. Schoenberg was hanging his iconoclastic harmonies on ultra-traditional shapes.

In the music of the great Romantics, personal feeling takes precedence over formal conventions.

In his freewheeling Phantasiestücke, Robert Schumann gives voice to his own nervous instabilities and private passions. Even here, as in Chopin’s own wondrous Fantaisie, the shapes of old dance forms appear like ghosts.

Following breathtaking performances in Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise series, this magnetic artist makes a welcome return with his own bespoke exploration of musical parallels down the centuries.

Nothing is entirely new, Said tells us, and his ‘digital playlist’ in the form of a concert will demonstrate why in style.

A gripping recital, tellingly designed and very impressively played
BBC Music Magazine
A pianist to follow
The Guardian

Performers

Karim Said piano

Repertoire

Byrd: Fantasia, MB.27
Schoenberg: Prelude from Suite, Op.25
Thomas Morley: Pavan
Byrd: La Volta (Lady Morley)
Schoenberg: Gavotte from Suite, Op.25
Schumann: Phantasiestücke, Op.12
Interval
Schoenberg: Intermezzo from Suite, Op.25
Thomas Tomkins: Pavan; Galliard (Lord Strafford)
Schoenberg: Menuett from Suite, Op.25
John Bull: Pavan for Lord Lumley; Lord Lumley's Galliard
Schoenberg: Gigue from Suite, Op.25
Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49

Dates & times

3 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 110 mins
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where

Purcell Room

Pricing

£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (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

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

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.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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