My core love remains the central repertoire, but it’s worth remembering that history didn’t lurch from one great masterpiece to the next … there are further riches to explore in the background.”
The illuminating interrelation between works for the piano — whether landmarks or detours, the work of the greatest masters or of lesser known figures — fuels Metamorphoses, three concerts to be given by the Australian pianist at Wigmore Hall (left) on 24 January, 14 February and 14 March. Devised by the musicologist Ates Orga (who created Piano Masterworks for Nikolai Demidenko in 1993 and Virtuoso
Romantics for Marc-André Hamelin in 1994) the series will ‘explore the evolution, translation and transfiguration of element, symbol, genre and sound in the piano sphere’.
As Piers Lane points out: “a subsidiary theme of Metamorphoses is the music of Schumann, 2006 being the 150th anniversary of his death.”
Piers has performed with famous orchestras worldwide, is a regular at the BBC Proms and has an extensive discography, as well as being a regular contributor to Radio 3. His latest disc of music for piano and orchestra by two English composers – Delius and Ireland – is being released in Jan 2006.
Piers Lane performs Metamorphoses on Tue 24 Jan, Tue 14 Feb, Tue 14 Mar at 7:30pm. The concerts will take place at the famous Wigmore Hall (36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP) with tickets £10-20. For more info see www.wigmore-hall.org.uk or call the box office on 020 7935 2141.