THURSDAY 23 MARCH - 8:00 PM
Schubert Impromptus, D899 (Op 90)
Variations on a theme of Paganini (Book 1)
3 Intermezzi, Op 117
Schubert Sonata No 20 in A, D959
Barry Douglas’ recital focusses on two composers with whom he has a special affinity, most notably through his acclaimed recent recordings for Chandos. Schubert is represented by the first of his two sets of impromptus and the second of the three sonatas which were composed within the space of a month, just weeks before his death at the age of 31 in 1828. Brahms’ virtuosic set of variations takes as its starting point the most famous of all themes by Paganini, one which has subsequently proved inspiration for composers from Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski to Andrew Lloyd Webber. The 3 Intermezzi are among the best-loved and most popular of Brahms’ late piano output.