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Charles Owen 50th-Birthday Concert

with special guest Simon Callow

Wed 15 Sep

Charles Owen 50th-Birthday Concert

with special guest Simon Callow

Debussy Children’s Corner
Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60 
Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Messiaen ‘Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus’ (from Vingt regards)
Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit

Charles Owen celebrates his 50th birthday with a recital devoted to five composers all of whom took the piano and its music to new heights of imaginative genius.

The twin French masters Debussy and Ravel bookend a programme with works of great creative originality. Children’s Corner was inspired by the toys and games of Debussy’s young daughter Chou Chou, while Ravel plunges listeners into a world of daring fantasy and virtuosic Gothic horror in his legendary triptych Gaspard de la Nuit.

At the heart of the recital are three pieces anchored in the luminous tonality of F sharp major. Chopin’s magical Barcarolle floats upon enchanted waters as its Italianate melodies sing forth. Liszt, in his exquisite Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, paints a picture of spiritual contentedness paving the way for Messiaen in his own profound Reflections on the Baby Jesus.

Actor Simon Callow will join Charles on stage to read poems by Lamartine, Betrand and others, all directly connected to the evening’s music.

Date & start time:Wed 15 Sep – 7.30pm
Venue:Kings Place Hall One - GA
+ £3 booking fee.

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