Piano in autumn, piano in spring
Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition and Radio 3 New Generation Artist, performs music by Schumann, Brahms and Chopin.
Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition and Radio 3 New Generation Artist, makes his Wigmore Hall debut with an enticing programme featuring some of the greatest piano composers of the 19th century.
Fragile and melancholy, Schumann's Geistervariationen - 'Ghost Variations' - was Schumann's final work for piano, dedicated to his wife Clara and composed shortly before he was committed to an asylum after a long struggle with mental illness. Brahms, Schumann's protégé in happier times, dedicated his six Klavierstücke -- his penultimate set of piano pieces -- to Schumann's widow. This is music at once rich, spare and ambiguous, freighted with repressed passion and perhaps reflecting the nature of Brahms and Clara's relationship. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier was the inspiration for Chopin's 24 Preludes. Like the Bach, Chopin's Preludes stroll through all the major and minor keys as they explore the technical and expressive challenges of keyboard playing. And like the Bach, they are still a formidable challenge to any pianist.
Recorded last month and presented by Martin Handley.
Schumann: Geistervariationen, WoO 24
Brahms: 6 Klavierstücke, Op 118
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28
Eric Lu (piano)
Photo © Ben Ealovega