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Brahms and Messiaen for Two Pianos

Live from St John's Smith Square, Pierre Laurent-Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich play music for two pianos. Brahms: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 34b. Messiaen: Visions de l'amen.

As part of Southbank Centre's International Piano Series, Pierre Laurent-Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich play music for two pianos by Brahms and Messiaen, live from St John's Smith Square. Introduced by Martin Handley.

Brahms: Sonata in F minor for 2 pianos, Op 34b

8.15 Interval

8.35
Messiaen: Visions de l'amen

The brilliant pairing of pianists Pierre Laurent-Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich tonight present two masterworks written for two pianos. They begin with Brahms's sumptuous Sonata in F minor, which he re-wrote on the advice of Clara Schumann, and is better known now as the Piano Quintet.
After the interval, they play Messiaen's mystical Visions de l'amen. Written soon after his release from a German prison camp, the work is richly spiritual, incorporating bells and Messiaen's characteristic birdsong.

After tonight's concert there's a chance to hear the fruits of the latest round of Adopt-a-Composer projects, which pair a composer with an amateur performing group in order to write and perform a new piece of music.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Johannes Brahms

      Sonata in F minor for 2 pianos, Op 34b

      Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Performer: Tamara Stefanovich.
  • Interval

    • John Taverner

      Mater Christi sanctissima

      Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
      • Taverner - Western Wynde Mass etc..
      • Hyperion.
      • 1.
    • John Taverner

      Gloria from Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

      Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
      • Taverner - Western Wynde Mass etc..
      • Hyperion.
      • 2.
    • John Taverner

      Agnus Dei from Missa Mater Christi sanctissima

      Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
      • Taverner - Western Wynde Mass etc..
      • Hyperion.
      • 6.
  • Part 2

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Visions de L'Amen

      Performer: Tamara Stefanovich. Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
  • Post-concert: Adopt-a-Composer

    • Alison Willis

      Journeys

      Orchestra: Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra.

      Journeys

  • Post-concert: new releases

    • Alessandro Scarlatti

      Sinfonia from Il prigioniero fortunato

      Orchestra: Concerto de' Cavalieri. Conductor: Marcello Di Lisa.
      • Alessandro Scarlatti - Opera Overtures and Concertos.
      • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
      • 88985370012.
    • Alessandro Scarlatti

      Concerto Grosso No. 3 in F major

      Orchestra: Concerto de' Cavalieri. Conductor: Marcello Di Lisa.
      • Alessandro Scarlatti - Opera Overtures and Concertos.
      • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
      • 88985370012.

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