JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – Partita no 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – Partita no 4 in D major, BWV 828
DOMENICO SCARLATTI – Sonatas (a selection)
MAURICE RAVEL – Sonatine
EMMANUEL CHABRIER – Bourrée Fantasque
ANGELA HEWITT, Piano
As a child in Canada, Angela Hewitt dreamt of being in a musical because she loved to sing and dance. ‘Perhaps that’s why I’m so preoccupied with making the piano do the same,’ she says. ‘Music is mostly song and dance anyway.’ One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt has delighted audiences in recitals and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her ten-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as ‘one of the recording glories of our age’. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2006 Gramophone Awards and Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2010 MIDEM Classical Awards.
The recital begins, appropriately enough, with two of Bach’s last keyboard suites, which are more free-ranging and looser in structure than his earlier suites. Then, from Bach’s contemporary, Domenico Scarlatti, comes a selection from his monumental collection of delightful keyboard sonatas written for the Queen of Spain. Ravel’s elegant, classical Sonatine, completed in 1905, harks back in style to the eighteenth century. In its conciseness and radiance, it is one of his defining works. In complete contrast are the bold, orchestral textures of Chabrier’s Bourrée fantasque, described by a contemporary as ‘one of the most exciting and original works in the whole literature of French piano music’.