Thursday 4 July 2019 at 7.30pm
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Jamie Bergin (piano)
Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major, No.30 Op.109
Brahms Fantasies Op.116
Albéniz Iberia Book 1
Chopin Berceuse in D flat major, Op.57
Chopin Ballade in F minor, No.4 Op.52
For my début at Wigmore Hall, I wanted to choose pieces that I love and cherish. Beethoven's piano sonata No.30, Op.109 is one of my favourite pieces, full of fantasy and conveying a wonderful sense of improvisation. The third movement opens with one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard and I sometimes find it difficult to stop playing it!
Playing the seven fantasies by Brahms is like being taken on an amazing emotional rollercoaster. Some moments are absolutely
heartbreaking. One can only wonder what Brahms went through to write such music.
I was first inspired to play Albéniz’s Iberia when I heard Alicia de Larrocha's iconic recording. The music has such a generosity of spirit and freedom and this is what touched me when I discovered this cycle of pieces.
The D-flat major Berceuse by Chopin is very soothing and peaceful. with a hypnotic effect that seems as if everything is frozen in time. The recital concludes with Chopin's fourth Ballade. There is so much tragedy and drama and the coda is known for being fiendishly difficult.