March 6, 2018 – Piano Recital – “Ruins” of Athens: ancient modes reimagined
A piano recital by Carlo Grante for the benefit of The Hellenic Institute
Windsor Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm
A concert of classical piano works with links to ancient and modern Greece. The eminent pianist Carlo Grante begins with Beethoven’s thrilling Variations on “The Ruins of Athens”, in Liszt’s transcription. They were written in 1811 as incidental music for a play of that name in which Minerva and Mercury meet Greeks dreaming of their liberation. The rest of the concert, featuring some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, illustrates how the music of the ancient world lives on in the DNA of western music.
The program includes also Chopin, Mazurkas, op. 24/2, op. 30/4, op. 68/4, Brahms, Variations on a Hungarian Song, op. 21, no. 2, Satie, Gnossiennes, nos. 3, 4, 5, Debussy, Hommage à Rameau (Images, I/2), Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, I/1), Brouillards (Préludes, II/1) and Canope, II/10, and Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56.
All welcome. Tickets: £17.50/free to Royal Holloway students. Tickets on the door or book online at royalholloway.ac.uk/events.
All proceeds will go to The Hellenic Institute