Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot, on Friday November 17 at 7.30pm
It’s rare that NADSA concerts present a piano duo, so November’s performance should be quite an event.
The Lisney Briggs Duo (Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot, Friday 16th November) is the collaboration of two distinguished international pianists – also renowned chamber musicians – James Lisney and Sarah Beth Briggs.
Both showed early talent: Sarah Jane, aged 11, became the then youngest finalist at the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and James gave his Wigmore Hall debut aged 24.
Their partnership of several seasons has met with acclaim: ‘… great sensitivity, dazzling finger-work, fine balance and perfectly judged pedalling.’; ‘… near perfection in all aspects of their art.’
Sarah Jane and James have devised a varied programme. Whilst their focus together has been on the great works of Mozart and Schubert, widely regarded as the pinnacle of piano duet repertoire, they will also perform Dvořák, Fauré, Ravel and Gál (1890 – 1987), bringing their concert into the latter half of the twentieth century.
Those of a certain age may well remember the Berceuse from Fauré’s Dolly Suite: the signature tune of Listen with Mother. As well as being a wonderful concert, the audience will be entertained by their informative and amusing style of presentation.
Their full programme comprises:
Gál Three Marionettes – Piano Duet, Op. 74
Mozart Sonata for Keyboard Duet in F, K497
Schubert Andantino Varié (from Divertissement – Piano Duet, D823)
Fauré Dolly Suite – Piano Duet, Op. 56
Dvořák Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor (from 8 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72)
Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye – Piano Duet (1908 – 10)
Mozart Andante and Variations in G – Keyboard Duet, K501
Tickets: Members £10: Non-Members, £13 in advance, £15 on door (students £2, accompanied children free, subject to availability)
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Philip R Buttall