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Thursday 11 May, 1:00pm NB Start time
St. John’s, Smith Square

‘Beyond Baroque’
The third of four programmes in association with BBC Radio 3

Alexandre Tharaud
Alexandre Tharaud

Bach Debussy ‘Hommage à Rameau’, Images, book 1
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Couperin Pièces de clavecin (selection)

Alexandre Tharaud has dedicated much of his time to French
music, being greatly admired for his recording of Rameau’s
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin and the solo piano works
of Ravel. Both Debussy and Ravel felt a close affinity with the
music of their countryman François Couperin, the delicacy and
sensitivity of whose keyboard style epitomised for them the true
spirit of French art. In his tribute, Le tombeau de Couperin, Ravel
matches the Baroque master in his craftmanship, natural flair
and use of expressive dissonances. Debussy’s great admiration
for Rameau found similar expression in Hommage à Rameau,
evoking all the refinement and elegance of his revered predecessor.

He is a fiery as well as a sensitive and stylish player …’ Gramophone

‘Interpretations of extreme clarity and highest elegance, with pearl-like sound and great refinement.’ Diario de Sevilla

Tickets £12 all seats

Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm
St. John’s, Smith Square

Edin Karamazov
archlute and theorbo
Edin Karamazov

Music by Giuseppe Zamboni, Alessandro Piccinini,
Ennemond Gaultier, Carlo Domeniconi and
Bach (attrib.) Toccata & Fugue BWV565

A charismatic player, Edin Karamazov has received universal
praise in the USA and Europe for his thrilling solo recitals; he has
performed with leading international early music ensembles and
appeared with the rock star Sting. His commitment to exploring
the importance of plucked instruments in different cultures breaks
down barriers and ranges across nations.

In a typically diverse programme skilful arrangements for lute of
Bach and of Carlo Domeniconi’s Turkish-inspired suite Koyunbaba
(1985), a ‘New Age’ piece for classical guitar, reflect the Baroque
practice of transcribing music from one instrument to another,
particularly of popular works. In this context colourful pieces by the
celebrated early 17th-century French lutenist Ennemond Gaultier
and sonatas and dances by Italian lutenist-composers Zamboni
and Piccinini illustrate the essential continuity of texture and
technique in music for plucked instruments.

‘Karamazov showed sensibility combined with technical perfection …’ Darmstadt Echo

‘Edin Karamazov is a real master of the theorbo … high art interpreted with much delicacy.’ Main Echo

Tickets £15, £12, £10, £8