2014 CONCERTS

RUISLIP AND HARROW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

BEETHOVEN CYCLE: THE 32 PIANO SONATAS – NEIL CROSSLAND piano

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If Beethoven had not written all his piano music for himself in mind he might happily have written it for Neil Crossland.

The Guardian

CONCERT 1: Beethoven 1 – Saturday, June 7th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas 1, 6, 18 and 23 ‘Appassionata’

CONCERT 2: Beethoven 2 – Saturday, June 21st, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 14 ‘Moonlight’, 17 ‘Tempest’, 2, 12, and 28

CONCERT 3: Beethoven 3 – Saturday, July 5th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 24, 25, 10, 22, 19, 5  and 8 ‘Pathetique’

CONCERT 4: Beethoven 4 – Saturday, July 19th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 20, 27, 7, 16 and 21 ‘Waldstein’

CONCERT 5: Beethoven 5 – Saturday, August 2nd, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 11, 13, 3 and 26 ‘Les Adieux’

CONCERT 6: Beethoven 6 – Saturday, August 16th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 9, 15 ‘Pastorale’  and 29 ‘Hammerklavier’

CONCERT 7: Beethoven 7 – Saturday, August 30th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

Sonatas Nos 4, 31, 30 and 32

CONCERT 8: ROMANTIC PIANO 1 – NEIL CROSSLAND piano

Saturday, August 23rd, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Church Hall, Ruislip High Street

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Haydn – Sonata in F major written 1773

Beethoven – Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathetique’

Brahms – Drei Intermezzi Op.117

Schubert – Sonata in F sharp minor D.571 completed by Neil Crossland

Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C sharp minor Op.3 Nr.2, Elegie in E flat minor Op.3 Nr.1, Lilacs Op.21 Nr.5, Polka de W.R

CONCERT 9: ORIGINAL GERSHWIN – STEVE LAW piano

Sunday, August 24th, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

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Featuring some of the best loved songs and excerpts of concert works by George Gershwin from his early career making piano rolls up to his last years in Hollywood.  Transcribed and arranged from the composer’s own recordings and scores by Steve Law.

Including: Rialto Ripples, Swanee, Blue Monday Blues, Fascinating Rhythm, The Man I Love, Someone to watch over me, S’Wonderful/Funny Face,  Strike up the Band, Embraceable You, Summertime, Bess you is my Woman now, They can’t take that away from me, Love walked in, excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, An American in Paris and Second Rhapsody and more!

CONCERT 10: ROMANTIC PIANO 2  – JEREMY JONES piano

Friday, August 29th, 7.30pm, St Martins Church Hall, Ruislip High Street

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Chopin – Impromptus 1-3, Barcarolle Op.60

Rachmaninoff – Piano Sonata No.2 (1936), Lilacs, Daises

Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales

Haydn – Sonata in D Hob 37

CONCERT 11: ‘JAZZ CONNECTIONS’ – STEVE LAW (piano) with special guest Janine van den Berg (vocals)

Sunday, August 31st, 7.30pm, St Johns Church, Greenhill, Harrow

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‘kaleidoscopically varied works…slowly burning passion’ Music Web International (Law Piano Music Vol.1)

Pieces by classical composers and the jazz or popular styles which influenced them (and vice versa).  Including music from Debussy, Ragtime, Fats Waller,  Gershwin, Boogie-Woogie, popular 20th Century composers, Dudley Moore plus the premier performance of  Steve Law’s  ‘12 Pop Preludes’. With special guest vocalist Janine van den Berg.