Inspired by Shakespeare: Ashley Wass
From Stratford-upon-Avon, Suzy Klein presents pianist Ashley Wass performing music inspired by some of Shakespeare's most popular plays. With Prokofiev, Smetana and Beethoven.
Suzy Klein introduces one of Britain's leading pianists, Ashley Wass performing music inspired by three of Shakespeare's most popular plays: Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the great scores for the ballet stage and was transcribed for piano by the composer himself; Macbeth and the Witches is Smetana's highly theatrical take on the Scottish Play; and when asked about his Piano Sonata No.17, Beethoven is said to have remarked "Just read Shakespeare's The Tempest."
Prokofiev: from 'Romeo and Juliet' Op.75
Smetana: Macbeth and the witches
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op.31'2 (Tempest)
Ashley Wass (piano)
First broadcast live from the RSC's The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 2016.