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Alice Sara Ott & Francesco Tristano: Two Pianos

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Thu 16 May, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
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Pianists Alice Sara Ott & Francesco Tristano sitting on a piano stool
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‘Tristano’s A Soft Shell Groove … with its foot-tapping (literally) rhythm, is bound to find many friends among listeners’

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We’re treated to the intimate music-making and sonic dazzle of this celebrated piano duo in a joyous selection of French music and works by Tristano himself.

Alice Sara Ott, one of our Resident Artists for Spring/Summer 2024, and the composer-pianist Francesco Tristano have been winning audience’s hearts with their concerts and recordings, called ‘enthralling’ by Bachtrack.

Performing both separately and together in this concert, the pair exchange musical inspirations ranging from Frescobaldi’s baroque delights in his variations on ‘La Folia’ to the austere beauty of Satie and the hypnotic repetitions of Ravel’s Boléro in Tristano’s arrangement, which ‘drives to its climax in a wild torrent of clusters and glissandi' in the words of The Guardian.

Alongside all of this, the two pianists showcase Tristano’s original music, which features spare and spacious writing that effortlessly cuts through across multiple genres and borrows ‘the loops and layers of deep house’ (The Guardian).

‘A journey of discovery by two talented, wide-eyed young artists’

Classical.Net

‘Finger-crunching pianism’

Bachtrack
Performers
  • Alice Sara Ott piano
  • Francesco Tristano piano
Repertoire
  • Francesco Tristano: A Soft Shell Groove for 2 pianos; Serpentina; In the beginning was
  • Satie: Gnossienne No.3
  • Frescobaldi: Partite sopra l'Aria di Folia, F.2.16
  • Debussy: Nuages from Nocturnes arr. Ravel for 2 pianos
  • Satie: Gymnopédie No.1
  • Francesco Tristano: Toccata
  • Ravel: Boléro arr. Tristano for 2 pianos

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Thu 16 May, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 10 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £15*
  • Concessions25%**


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