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Imogen Cooper in Recital

Fri 1 Dec 2023, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
£15 ⁠–⁠ £52.50
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Pianist Imogen Cooper standing against a white wall
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‘Cooper commands a dynamic and colouristic range beyond the reach of most pianists.’

BBC Music Magazine

The much-loved pianist presents an extraordinary musical journey from darkness to light, bookended by Beethoven and ranging through music from nearly four centuries.

Beethoven is both the jumping-off point and the culmination of Imogen Cooper’s journey into the depths and heights of human emotion.

First she probes Liszt’s introverted and exploratory late music alongside his fellow Hungarian Bartók’s early Bagatelles.

The first half ends with Beethoven’s playful and idiosyncratic Eroica Variations.

After the interval, piano arrangements by Kempff and Busoni of Bach’s austere chorales open the proceedings, leading to Thomas Adès’ contemporary piano masterpiece Darknesse Visible, based on the Elizabethan lute song by John Dowland ‘In Darknesse Let Me Dwell’.

This is illustrated by a recording of its original version for voice and lute.

Finally Cooper performs a work with which she has been associated for many years, Beethoven’s penultimate Sonata Op.110: in itself another spiritual journey from darkness to light.

‘Music-making of this calibre transports us to another plane of existence’

Evening Standard
  • Imogen Cooper piano
  • Bartók: 14 Bagatelles, Op.6
  • Liszt: Bagatelle without tonality, S.216a
  • Beethoven: 15 Variations and Fugue on an original theme in E flat (Eroica), Op.35
  • Interval
  • Bach: Chorale-prelude, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV.734 arr. Kempff
  • : running straight into
  • Bach: Chorale-prelude, Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV.659 arr. Busoni
  • : running straight into
  • Dowland: In darkness let me dwell (a recording for voice & lute)
  • Thomas Adès: Darknesse visible
  • Beethoven: Sonata in A flat, Op.110

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Age recommendation

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Dates & times

Fri 1 Dec 2023, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 10 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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