Cédric Tiberghien on piano variations by Beethoven … and more

Friday, April 7, 2023

The French pianist launches a new series centred on Beethoven's many sets of theme and variations for solo piano

Cédric Tiberghien has just released a new album, Variation[s], on Harmonia Mundi. It takes Beethoven's many sets of themes and variations for solo piano as its starting point, and weaves in major sets by others composers, in Vol 1 by Mozart, Schumann and Webern.

James Jolly caught up with the pianist in New York, by Zoom,  to talk about the project and find out his thinking on the programme of this first volume.

Gramophone Podcasts are given in association with Wigmore Hall. (See below for the coming week's concerts.)

You can listen to the Podcast above. To hear other Gramophone podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'Gramophone' in your Podcast App of choice, or visit Gramophone's page on Apple Music podcastsMeanwhile, further down this page you can also listen to Cédric Tiberghien's new Harmonia Mundi album on Apple Music in lossless audio.

Gramophone Podcasts are given in association with Wigmore Hall and these are the concerts for the coming week.

Saturday, April 7 at 11am: The Parkhouse Award takes place at the hall. Selected from an international entry, four chamber ensembles will perform a varied selection of works for piano and strings, each ensemble having chosen its own repertoire for the 30-minute presentation. One ensemble will be awarded the prestigious Parkhouse Award and the result will be announced shortly after the last contestant has performed.

Saturday, April 7 at 7.30pm: Florilegium joined by Rowan Pierce (soprano); Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano); Andrew Tortise (tenor) and Michael Craddock (bass) perform music by Zelenka, Bach and Telemann before the great Johann Sebastian’s Easter Oratorio.

Sunday, April 8, Easter Day, at 11.30am: The Carducci Quartet plays Mozart’s Hunt Quartet and Dvořák’s American.

Monday, April 9 at 1pm, and live streamed: Meta4 play string quartets by Amy Beach and Samuel Barber between works by Purcell and Krishna Nagaraja.

Monday, April 9 at 7.30pm: The Tillet Trust Showcase hosts BBC New Generation Artist, the pianist Dominic Degavino and Connaught Brass in music by Lutosławski, Steven Verhelst, Beethoven, Amy Beach, Debussy, Victor Ewald and William Mathias.

Tuesday, April 10 at 7.30pm: Marouan Benabdallah gives a concert called ‘Arabaesque’, a programme of piano music from the Arab world.

Wednesday, April 11 at 7.30pm: Musicanti, including the pianist Peter Donohoe, play piano quintets by Louise Farrenc and Schubert (the Trout) as well as two pieces by John McCabe.

Thursday, April 12 at 7.30pm: Gramophone Award winners the Belcea Quartet are joined by another Award winner Bertrand Chamayou for piano quintets by Shostakovich and Franck. (Bertrand Chamayou also will be playing at Gramophone’s Centenary Concert on May 14.)

Friday, April 14 at 7.30pm: The soprano Brenda Rae, joined by pianist Jonathan Ware, sings songs by Schubert and Richard Strauss.

The programme for the 2023-24 Wigmore Hall season has been announced. Full details can be found at Wigmore Hall's website where you can also watch a video of the Hall’s Director John Gilhooly introducing the season.

Priority booking for concerts between September and December 2023 will open next week, on Wednesday, April 19. General sale of tickets for same period will open on Thursday, May 4 and tickets for under 35s concerts will go on sale Thursday, May 11.


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