Wednesday lunchtime concert, week 17

Lunchtime concert: Raymond Clarke (piano)

Wednesday 24 February 2010, 1.15 pm - 2.00 pm

Auditorium, Victoria Rooms

A photo of Raymond Clarke
  • Debussy: Tarentelle styrienne
  • Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Pierre Boulez: Sonata no. 2

We commemorate the forthcoming 85th birthday of Pierre Boulez with a performance of his legendary Second Sonata, given by the Department of Music’s piano tutor, Raymond Clarke. A work of unprecedented complexity, this sonata was considered unplayable when it appeared in the 1940s, but over sixty years later it is now established as a classic of the French piano repertoire, and is even regarded by some commentators as the 20th century’s answer to Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata. The programme is completed by lightweight music by two earlier French composers with whose orchestral works Boulez has been closely associated as a conductor.