Pianist Ian Pace performs the complete Verdi Transcriptions in Finnissy's 70th year, starting with a talk with the composer. **NB start time of 6pm**
Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde. He was born in Hartlepool, England in 1968, and studied at Chetham’s School of Music, The Queen’s College, Oxford and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the Juilliard School in New York. His main teacher, and a major influence upon his work, was the Hungarian pianist György Sándor, a student of Bartók.
Composed over a period of thirty years and culminating in the powerful final transfiguration of Verdi’s 'Requiem Aeternam', the "Verdi Transcriptions" is one of Finnissy’s most powerful and satisfying works for solo piano.
On Michael Finnissy:
‘What's striking about the music is its feeling of utter spontaneity, and its incredible emotional power . . . the remarkable thing about Finnissy's music is that despite its frequent sorrow and anger, it has a marvellous power to affirm.’
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
Image: Michael Finnissy, Southampton University
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