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Popular choices for Polish pianist
01 March 2003 0926 GMT

World-famous Polish pianist, Krystian Zimerman, has made a popular choice of works for his performance in Bristol in March.
Pianist Krystian Zimerman
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Zimerman is rarely heard outside the great metropolitan concert halls and this is to be his first visit to St George's Bristol, adding further lustre to the venue's ever growing reputation.

The programme is guaranteed to be a popular choice, featuring the music of Beethoven and Brahms.

He will perform Brahms' 6 Piano Pieces opus 118, Beethoven's Sonata in A flat opus 110 and Brahms' Sonata in F minor opus 5.

Zimerman has made it his practice to spend a long time choosing what he will play in any recital, working on a selection of works and gradually narrowing his choice down, in order to make sure he gives the best possible performance.

That meant that when tickets went on sale at St George's the programme was not yet known.

Tickets snapped up

"Tickets sold extremely fast nevertheless and despite not knowing the programme most of the tickets have already been snapped up, " Jo Taylor from St George's told the website that loves Bristol.

The venue's director, Jonathan Stracey, admits Zimerman has long been one of his personal idols.

"For me his piano playing has an inner harmony that places it on a transcendental plane of pure poetry - don't miss it."

During a 24 year collaboration with Deutsche Gramophone, Zimerman has made 22 records, which have earned him many prestigious awards.

Recently he recorded the Chopin Concerti with an orchestra specially formed for this project, the Polish Festival Orchestra, with whom he then toured throughout Europe and America.

He can be seen in Bristol on March 18th.

"For me his piano playing has an inner harmony that places it on a transcendental plane of pure poetry - don't miss it."

Jonathan Stracey
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