A small tour of the UK, featuring Frank Bridge’s truly wonderful piano sonata, one of the masterpieces of early 20-century piano music, but far too little known.
FRANK BRIDGE Piano Sonata
DEBUSSY Berceuse héroïque and Pièce pour l’oeuvre du Vêtement du blessé
MEDTNER Piano Sonata op.30
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
Marking the centenary year of the outbreak of WW1, pianist Jonathan Powell presents music that reflects composers’ reactions to this conflict. Each movement of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin commemorates a fallen comrade, while Frank Bridge’s powerful Sonata is dedicated to the memory of his student Ernest Farrar who was killed on the Western Front in 1918. The programme is completed by the tempestuous ‘War’ Sonata (1917) by Nikolay Medtner, and two relatively unknown late miniatures by Debussy.