Our Winter Term Music at Lunchtime concert series was brought to a close with a mesmerizing piano recital by Form 6 Music Scholar, Rupert.
Rupert performed a beautifully curated programme of Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. Beginning with movement 1 from Beethoven's Sonata in D minor, The Tempest, op. 31 no. 2, Rupert displayed great musicality and execution of the intricate chromatic lines and vastly changing moods.
Next came Brahms' Intermezzo in A minor, op. 76, no. 7. This work is deeply intriguing and puzzling, and one that leaves the listener bewildered by its intense search for something, which is never satisfyingly found. Rupert wonderfully conveyed the haunting beauty of the piece, leaving the audience in somewhat of a trance.
Rupert's recital concluded with Chopin's Berceuse in D flat major, op. 57. Chopin once described music as “after one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” This work is a perfect representation of this quote through its hypnotic bassline (which remains identical for the entire piece) that accompanies an exquisite melody, which is gradually expanded on throughout the piece, before slowly returning to the original tune. The most deceptively alluring part of this piece, however, is the intense visions of colour that Chopin creates through his increasingly chromatic and impressionistic writing. Rupert's fingers glided effortlessly over the keys of the piano, producing the most exquisite line.
A wonderful recital to conclude a great term of Music at Lunchtime recitals. Rupert will be performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major at our Gala Concert at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Sunday 22 March 2020. Tickets can be booked by emailing email@example.com.
Our Spring Term recitals begin on Wednesday 8 January with a trombone recital by Graduate Musician, Joe Arkwright.