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Mahler Piano Series - Concert 6 - Musical Revolutionaries | Iain Farrington

Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 19:30
1901 Arts Club, London
£15, concessions £10
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  1. Wien bleibt Wien - Johann Schrammel
  2. Sonata for Piano 1.X 1905 - Leoš Janácek
  3. Dance of the Seven Veils, from Salome - Richard Strauss
  4. Symphony No 6 in A minor - 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.

Musical Revolutionaries
During the opening years of the 20th century, innovative and daring artists created works of revolutionary power. The pieces in this concert reflect the clash of the old stability with new radical ideas. Cheerful Viennese optimism is represented by a popular military march, contrasted with Janacek's tragic Piano Sonata, composed in protest at the oppression of the Czech people. Strauss's opera Salome was seen as dangerous and subversive and was banned in Vienna. The famous Dance of the Seven Veils performed here was recorded on the piano by Strauss himself. Mahler's Sixth Symphony is a tumultuous and turbulent work where the military march turns savage and violent. It is performed in a virtuoso arrangement for solo piano.

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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