Clare Hammond (piano)
Bach-Brahms – Chaconne in D minor for the left hand
Joseph Howard – Rupture (World Premiere)
Scriabin – Prelude and Nocturne for the left hand
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin
Fast-rising pianist Clare Hammond introduces and plays repertoire associated with Paul Wittgenstein, the pianist who famously built a repertoire of music for the left hand alone after losing his right arm in the war. She also gives the world premiere of Rupture – a new work about the outbreak of war in 1914, commissioned by the Ryedale Festival from Joseph Howard, a student from Pickering in North Yorkshire and winner of the 2013 NCEM Composers Award. The programme culminates in Ravel’s great work composed in memory of the friends he lost on the battlefield, though it is a surprisingly light-hearted work because, as Ravel said, ‘The dead are sad enough already in their eternal silence’.
‘Clare Hammond... Amazing power and panache’ – Daily Telegraph
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