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Noriko Kawai: James Dillon
Purcell Room

Noriko Kawai: James Dillon

Date: 19 Jan
Time: 19:45
Noriko Kawai, pianist


Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years.

The Guardian's music critic Tom Service calls James Dillon's poetic tour-de-force, The Book of Elements, 'the most significant contribution to the pianist's repertoire since György Ligeti's Etudes.'

The five volumes of The Book of Elements are made up of 27 piano pieces.

Each volume is of roughly equal duration, but the individual works gradually get longer as the cycle progresses.

Starting with the 11 piano miniatures of Volume 1 and building to a single work in Volume 5, the listener is taken on an 80-minute odyssey that explores a wide range of piano sonorities and styles, in music that often alludes to the history of the repertoire itself, with fleeting references to Bartók, Debussy, Messiaen and Ligeti.

Noriko Kawai's premiere recording of The Book of Elements was highly praised by commentators, and named Gramophone's Editor's Choice.

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This Event is at Purcell Room

 Southbank Centre SE1 8XX Belvedere Road, London

Situated in the Queen Elizabeth Hall building, the Purcell Room is the most intimate concert hall venue on site, making it especially suitable for chamber music, literature and spoken word events, mime and solo recitals.


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