Two Pianos, Eight Hands: Fitkin, Hammond, Stott, Wall
‘A delight that defies all fashionable labels.’
Graham Fitkin and friends are united for the composer’s landmark piano works, a Fitkin world premiere, and music by his influences and successors.
Graham Fitkin has been ‘mucking about with the piano’ since childhood. The results are energetic, beguilingly and utterly distinctive.
At the heart of this concert are works for multiple pianos that shot to fame when Fitkin’s album Flak was released on Factory Records in 1990.
In the title track, the eight hands of four pianists caper around the white notes of two pianos with irresistible rhythmic verve and harmonic bonhomie.
Sciosophy juxtaposes blocks of material with a combination of swagger and brutality. The composer’s tribute to Francesco Totti trades the composer’s usually dense sound for all the lightness, dexterity and lyricism of the Italian footballer.
With the rhythmic drive of pop music, the cumulative power of rolling symphonies and the streetwise edge of urban genres, Fitkin’s music is as stimulating as it is timeless and cool.
We hear it here alongside music that influenced Fitkin, and music that wouldn’t have been written without him.
- Graham Fitkin piano
- Clare Hammond piano
- Kathryn Stott piano
- Ruth Wall piano
- Graham Fitkin: Sciosophy for 2 pianos (8 hands); Flak for 2 pianos (8 hands)
- Steve Reich: Clapping Music for 2 musicians
- Unsuk Chin: Study No.4 (Scalen); Study No.6 (Grains); Study No.5 (Toccata) for piano
- John Adams: China Gates for piano
- Anna Meredith: Camberwell Green for piano
- Graham Fitkin: Totti for 2 pianos (8 hands) (World premiere of new arrangement); Bla Bla Bla for 2 pianos (8 hands), recordings & spoken voices (London premiere)
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