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Fauré, fate and fountains

Nelson Goerner performs a programme that explores the spirit of romanticism in works by Fauré, Brahms and Liszt.

Nelson Goerner performs a programme that explores the spirit of romanticism in works by Fauré, Brahms and Liszt. The rarely heard Theme and Variations is Fauré's most substantial piece for piano, which breaks with convention by placing its most flamboyant variation not last but penultimate, followed by a beautifully solemn conclusion. Written when Brahms was barely out of his teens, his Piano Sonata No 3 is an expressive and expansive work in which he pays homage to his hero, Beethoven, by referencing the famous fate motive of the 5th Symphony.

The second half of this recital is dedicated to Liszt, whose Funérailles commemorates three friends who died in the failed Hungarian uprising against Habsburg rule in 1848. Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este finds the composer in traveling mode, admiring the fountains at Tivoli's famous 16th-century villa, before heading to Spain for the Rhapsodie espagnole, a virtuosic showpiece infused with local colour.

Live from London's Wigmore Hall, presented by Georgia Mann

Fauré: Thème et Variations in C sharp minor Op 73
Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor Op 5

Interval

Liszt: Funérailles S173 No 7
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, troisième année S163 - Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole S254

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, Op.73

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    O bone Jesu, fili Mariae

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Ensemble: Fretwork. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SOLI DEO GLORIA.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Selig sind die Toten SWV391

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Franz Liszt

    Funerailles, S173 No.7

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este from Annees de pelerinage, troisieme anne, S163

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    Beatus vir

    Ensemble: Cappella Artemisia.
    • I Vespri Natalizi (1650).
    • Tactus.
    • 009.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water music - suite (HWV.348) in F major, Allegro..., Presto, Air

    Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Handel: Water Music/Music for the Royal Fireworks: Aradia Quartet/Mallon.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.

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