7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
30th January, 2018
Programme to include:
Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown play Busoni’s monumental Fantasia Contrappuntistica and Debussy’s unusual and beautiful late ballet score Khamma, in the rarely-heard versions for two pianos and piano duet.
Following their critically acclaimed debut in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Summer Festival in July 2011, Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown have given many concerts in venues including the Purcell Room (2014 and 2015), St John’s Smith Square, Fairfield Halls, Blackheath Halls, Royal Academy of Music (‘Music Past and Present’ series), the Lower Machen Festival, Markson’s Bösendorfer series, Warwick University, Brighton Fringe Festival, and at venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol. Abroad they have performed in Madeira at the Teatro Municipal, and they perform annually in France in the festival ‘Rencontres Musicales en Eygalières’.
They have been particularly acclaimed for their performances of Schubert, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin, but are also committed to searching out neglected masterpieces. They gave the world première of the revised version of After Braque by Gary Carpenter in their Southbank debut in April. They have revived Debussy’s neglected ballet masterpiece Khamma, performing it as a collaboration with dance. 2014 also saw the première at St John’s Smith Square of Julian’s virtuoso transcription of Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, which received excellent reviews and in 2016 they premiered Julian’s new transcription of Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Also in 2016, at Manchester Art Gallery, they gave the premiere of Edward Lambert’s Aspects of Work.
Their album for SOMM Recordings, featuring the works performed in this concert was released at the end of 2017.