SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op.73
for double bass and piano
CHOPIN Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No.2
PROKOFIEV Sonata for Flute and Piano in D Op.94
Schumann’s well-loved Fantasiestücke is played on many different instruments, and here is transformed on the double bass. Each movement has its own character and mood: nostalgia, tender and expressive; relaxation, light and playful; vigour, fiery and passionate.
The first of his nocturnes to be published as a pair, Chopin’s popular Op.27 complement each other beautifully: the feverish intensity of the first is contrasted by the serene lyricism of the second, heard here.
Prokofiev’s luminous Sonata for Flute and Piano radiates with optimism and joy, and it is hard to believe it was written during the years that the composer was evacuated from his home country during World War II. It opened to astonishing success in Moscow, its playful elegance and sparkling lines delighting audiences.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the Autumn Series that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“The Prokofiev Flute sonata is a beautiful work, and rarely heard in this original form (Prokofiev arranged it as his second Violin sonata).”
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