An exciting evening of music, song, and art, in the beautiful and ancient church of St Mary the Virgin in Ladywell, Lewisham.
The legendary American classical pianist and conductor Stephen Kovacevich will be performing Bach’s Partita No.4 in D Major.
Also performing will be a flute quartet supported by local musicians and singers performing a variety of pieces.
In addition there will be a short talk by Susan Jones from the Courtauld Institute of Art on the fascinating 1432 painting by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, the Ghent Altarpiece. It was recently described as ‘arguably the most glorious extant work from the late Middle Ages’.
Half of all proceeds from the concert will go to the charity St.Mungo’s, who are working to end homelessness and rebuild lives. They provide a bed and support to more than 2,600 people a night who are homeless or at risk.
For a suggested donation of £10 you can sponsor your very own key on the piano that Stephen Kovacevich will be playing at the concert! For this you can have your name mentioned in the concert programme, and as the piano hire cost is £880 and there are 88 keys to sponsor we will have paid for the piano.
The rest of the concert proceeds will go toward the Lewisham Park (Crescent) Residents’ Association, who work to improve the park for the local community, planting trees and providing new benches and rubbish bins. The Association chose to support St.Mungo’s because as homelessness in Lewisham, and indeed London, becomes increasingly evident, numbers of people have been rough-sleeping in the park, even in the cold of the winter months.
Stephen Kovacevich is known as one of the most prominent interpreters among living pianists and his recordings, including Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, have astonished even the most demanding of critics. He has directed the London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and his chamber music partners have included Jacqueline du Pre, Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nigel Kennedy, Lyn Harrell, Sarah Chang, Gautier and Renaud Capucon, and Emmanuel Pahud.
J.S. Bach composed six keyboard Partitas, or suites of dances, that have become a landmark of the pianist’s repertory, even though the music was probably originally conceived for the harpsichord.
The Fourth Partita, in D major, is arguably the most cohesive in the collection, and it demonstrates Bach’s unfailing imagination and skill, with its’ rich variety of styles and moods, from the pensive to the virtuosic.
Tonight’s Partita was composed between 1726–1729 and is the fourth suite in his Clavier-Ubung (Keyboard Practice). It consists of seven movements in D major.
- Ouverture (The beginning is in two time, and then moves into three)
In keeping with a nineteenth-century naming tradition that labelled Bach’s first set of Suites English and the second French,the Partitas are sometimes referred to as the German Suites. This title, however, is a publishing convenience; there is nothing particularly German about the Partitas. In comparison with the two earlier sets of suites, the Partitas are by far the most free-ranging in terms of structure. Unlike the English Suites, for example, wherein each opens with a strict prelude, the Partitas feature a number of different opening styles including an ornamental Overture and a Toccata.
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