Sorabji in Oxford (27 January 2019)


I will perform Kaikhosru Sorabji’s Toccata seconda per pianoforte for the second time on 27 January 2019, 7 p.m., at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK). This will be part of an afternoon of concerts celebrating Sorabji’s music, beginning with a piano and voice recital by soprano Betty Makharinsky and pianist Jonathan Powell – who will also perform several solo piano works – followed by the first UK performance of Toccata seconda since the composer himself premièred it in Glasgow in 1936 at what was going to be his last public appearance as a pianist.

27 January 2019
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
St Hilda’s College, Oxford


3 p.m. – Jonathan Powell (piano), Betty Makharinsky (soprano).

Sorabji Roses du soir (Louÿs), L’Heure exquise (Verlaine)
Debussy Green, Spleen (Verlaine)
Ravel Cinq chansons grecs (trad.)
Delage Du Livre de Monelle (Shwob)
Schmitt Si, mille oeillets (from Quatre chansons de Ronsard, op.100)
Scriabin Romance (Scriabin)
Medtner Angel (Pushkin) op.36 no.1
Rachmaninoff Sleep (Sologub) op.38 no.5
Nikolayev In the Quiet Night (Tyuchev) op.4 no.1
Cherepnin To Music (Balmont-Shelley) op.21 no.1
Szymanowski Songs from opp.11 and 20 (Miciński)

Piano solos:
Marx Albumblatt
Hinton Après un autre rêve
Sorabji Désir éperdu, Fragment for Harold Rutland, In the Hothouse, Fragment (Prelude and Fugue),
4 Frammenti aforistici, Passegiata variata

7 p.m. – Abel Sánchez-Aguilera (piano).
Sorabji – Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34)
[duration approximately 2 h 20 min, first UK performance in 83 years]

I Preludio-Toccata
II Preludio-Corale
III Scherzo
IV Aria
V Ostinato
VI Notturno
VII Interludio – Moto perpetuo
VIII Cadenza – Punta d’organo
IX Fuga libera a cinque voci. Coda stretta

3 p.m. concert: £10 stalls/£15 gallery/£7 concessions
7 p.m. concert: £15 stalls/£20 gallery/£10 concessions