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Brahms, Chopin & Debussy
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Brahms, Chopin & Debussy

Date: 6 Oct
Time: 12:00
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
István Várdai, cellist
Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist
Jörg Widmann, clarinettist
Alice Sara Ott, pianist
Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor
Tamar Halperin, pianist


Fantasy and atmosphere, light and dark, culminating in brilliant song, this concert has something for every musical taste and features seven exceptional artists including Jess Gillam, Alice Sara Ott and Andreas Scholl.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam - 'The indisputable highlight of the Last Night of the Proms' (BBC) launches the day with a short work by composer Piazzolla followed by two jewels of the chamber music repertoire. Written in the shadow of the First World War Debussy's Cello Sonata, played by István Várdai and Vikingur Olafsson, is a powerful and moving affirmation of life. Brahms' glorious and virtuosic Clarinet Sonata in E flat is performed by Jörg Widmann along with his own Fantasie.

Alice Sara Ott continues the evening with atmospheric music from her latest Deutsche Grammophon album Nightfall, a chiaroscuro collection of works by Debussy and Satie. These include Clair de lune, inspired by the Verlaine poem of the same name, the minimalistic snapshot of Satie's Gnossienne No.1 and Chopin's transcendent Nocturnes.

The concert concludes with a selection of folk songs and Lieder by legendary counter-tenor Andreas Scholl and his wife, the pianist Tamar Halperin.

The concert begins the 50 Years in a Day series celebrating the 50th anniversary of music management agency HarrisonParrott, showcasing their musical tastes and talents across three thrilling concerts.

The event also marks the launch of the HarrisonParrott Foundation, a charity which aims to support and champion diversity and inclusivity within the arts.

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