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August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£25
Franck Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18
Debussy Deux arabesques, L. 66
Debussy Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque, L. 75
Debussy Pour le piano, L. 95
Debussy Rêverie, L. 68
Debussy Ballade, L. 70
Debussy Tarentelle styrienne, L. 69
Dubois Sonate pour piano (Dedicated to Alain Lefèvre)
Dubois Aria, Scherzando and Oubanghi from Dix études de concert
Ravel La valse, M. 72 (tr. for piano)
When the Los Angeles Times dubbed Alain Lefèvre a ‘hero’, it was for his pioneering work on behalf of contemporary composers like Dutilleux and Corigliano. But in other ways too this outstanding French-born Canadian pianist and composer is a brave, inquiring, innovative spirit who breathes new life into well-established repertoire. And nothing less will be the case in this attractive Oxford programme of French music, ending with the fireworks (and extraordinary technical exertions) of the two-hand keyboard version of Ravel’s La valse: a piece that always brings the house down – as it does the Hapsburg Empire whose collapse the music almost certainly depicts (despite Ravel’s assertions to the contrary!). Alain Lefèvre is an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics.
Address: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street