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Mahler Piano Series - Concert 10 - Old World Farewells | Iain Farrington (piano)

Thursday November 15, 2018 at 19:30
1901 Arts Club, London
£15, concessions £10
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  1. Freuet euch des Lebens Op 340 - Johann Strauss II
  2. Bewegt Achtel, from 3 Klavierstücke Op 11 - Arnold Schoenberg
  3. Sonata for Piano Op 1 - Alban Berg
  4. Symphony No 9 in D - Gustav Mahler, arranged for solo piano by Iain Farrington

The Mahler Piano Series features a wide variety of musical styles that influenced Mahler, as well as the bulk of his symphonic music arranged for solo piano.

Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Iain Farrington explores the European musical melting pot of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring exceptional singers performing in an intimate salon venue from the period, this is a unique and remarkable exploration of Mahler’s musical world.

Old World Farewells
The city of Vienna before the First World War was one of the leading centres of radical modernism in music, art and science. Composers such as Arnold Schoenberg (an admirer and friend of Mahler) wrote music that pushed at the boundaries of traditional musical harmony. This concert presents two seminal piano works by Schoenberg and Berg, alongside a Strauss waltz that was to influence Mahler's own Ninth Symphony. The Symphony (the last Mahler was to complete) seems to bid farewell to life, as well as to the old style of music. It is performed in a piano arrangement highlighting both the Romantic and radical elements of the piece.

Iain Farrington
Iain has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. Iain has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at all the major UK venues, as well as in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Iain has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Lesley Garrett, Paul McCartney and gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three. He has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces, including several orchestral works for the BBC Proms. Iain has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, instrumental and choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire (including much Mahler) are regularly performed around the world, and he has arranged and performed all of Elgar's symphonies on the piano.

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