LESLIE HOWARD  (piano)

 

Friday 4th December 7.30pm – Theatr Mwldan

  • HAYDN Sonata No. 39 in D major, Hob.XVI/24
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 28 in A major, Opus 101
  • LISZT Quatre Valses Oubliées, S215 & Petite Valse, S695e
  • LISZT Réminiscences des Huguenots de Meyerbeer – Grande Fantaisie Dramatique, S412ii

A citizen both of Britain and Australia, Leslie Howard has accomplished a feat unequalled by any solo artist in recording history – his 99-CD survey for Hyperion of the complete piano music of Franz Liszt, including all 17 works for piano and orchestra. He is a renowned concert pianist who has given recitals and concerto performances all over the world. His repertoire embraces the whole gamut of the piano literature from the time of the instrument's inception to the music of the present  day. As a soloist, and in chamber music and song, Howard is a familiar figure at numerous international festivals. With a vast array of more than 80 concertos, he has played with many of the world's great orchestras, working with many distinguished conductors and has undertaken tours on five continents in recent years that have seen him enthralling audiences with his customarily adventurous repertoire.

 

As would be expected from the world’s leading Liszt scholar and performer, Leslie Howard will be playing pieces that demonstrate the range of Liszt’s output. The Valses Oubliées look back over a long and varied composing career while the Reminiscences is a massive paraphrase written when the Liszt was in his mid-twenties and at the height of his fame and virtuoso powers. Haydn’s D major piano sonata, written while in the patronage of Prince Esterhazy, is a cheerfully and at times wittily virtuoso piece that will be well known to many pianists.  Beethoven’s op 101 is a much more introspective and complex piece, introducing his final transition into romanticism.  Written at a time when he was almost totally deaf, he was composing an entirely new idiom borne of his genius and imagination.  

The Peter Gould Music Trust is privileged to have Leslie as one of its distinguished patrons and we are very grateful to him for this recital, which is his third for the Trust.