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Daniel Wnukowski: 'Viennese' Twist

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold with the ‘dashing’ pianist.

The evening begins with Brahms’ piano pieces, their mood ranging from sunny ‘Austrian’ waltzes to the gloomy, unsettling character pieces of op. 116.

The second half opens with playfully anarchic music from the Viennese composer HK Gruber and ends with nostalgic works conjuring up the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Wnukowski performs 1930s and '40s movie themes by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in the form of rousing, dramatic solo piano arrangements.

Korngold's lush, operatic soundtracks created the ‘Hollywood sound’, which inspired decades of film composers, including John Williams and Hans Zimmer.

His music moves from capturing the romance between Robin and Marian in The Adventures of Robin Hood to the majestic portrayal of Elizabethan England's struggles with Spain in The Sea Hawk.

Polish-Canadian pianist Wnukowski has been hailed as ‘rapturous and glowing’ by International Record Review, ‘dashing’ by The Sunday Times and for showing ‘a fierce inner conviction and sense of discovery’ by Fanfare Magazine.

He has performed with orchestras including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Poznan Philharmonic and with conductors including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos.


Daniel Wnukowski piano


Brahms: 16 Waltzes for piano, Op.39; 7 Fantasias, Op.116
HK Gruber: Luftschlösser (Castles in the Air)
Korngold: Nocturne from The Sea Wolf; Panama theme from The Sea Hawk; Tomorrow from The Constant Nymph; Love theme & Finale from The Adventures of Robin Hood arr. Wnukowski for piano

Dates & times

7 Jul 2020
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Purcell Room


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