Piano

Joanna MacGregor

Musical Toys

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Mysticism & magic at the keyboard from Bach & Birds by one of the most innovative musicians on the scene

Joanna MacGregor has forged a brilliant career as a provocateuse at the keyboard and as a festival director. The laterally-thinking performer is known for weaving together surprising and apt pieces into fascinating concerts, delivered with passion, intelligence and brilliant technique.

While a champion of living composers, J.S. Bach has been the focus of her recent work: “Of course, Bach is the godfather of everything for me, in the mafia sense as well as anything else,” she says.

Bach’s daring exploration of the 24 major and minor keys is mystical and joyous, fanciful and rigorous, and the cornerstone of the pianist’s art. Inspired by Bach’s example, Shostakovich pushed the genre into the realms of deeply personal emotion, from bleak despair to giddy exuberance and created an unequivocal 20th century masterpiece.

In contrast to Shostakovich’s searing intensity, Gubaidulina’s set of miniature Musical Toys is an evocation of childhood wonder: magical but sometimes a little scary. In the same innocent mode, composers have tried to capture the sounds of birds and nature in their music since music began. From the elegant Baroque cuckoos and nightingales of Daquin and Couperin to the wild and strange blackbirds of Messiaen, MacGregor creates an aviary in the concert hall.

This concert is also part of the 2014 Metropolis New Music Festival

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the 2014 Great Performers series

PROGRAM

Musical Toys

Please note, there has been an update to the order of the repertoire for this concert.

J.S. BACH
Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C from The Well-Tempered Keyboard, Book I

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major

J.S. BACH
Prelude and Fugue No.2 in C minor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No.19 in E flat major

J.S. BACH
Prelude and Fugue No.8 in E flat minor

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No.15 in Db major

J.S. BACH
Prelude and Fugue No.15 in G

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No 5 in D major

SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No 8 in F sharp minor

J.S. BACH
Prelude and Fugue No.24 in B minor

RAVEL
Oiseaux Tristes (from Miroirs)

DAQUIN
Le Coucou

MESSIAEN
Excerpt from Petits Esquisses

COUPERIN
Le Rossignol en amour

BIRTWISTLE
Oockooing Bird

GUBAIDULINA
Musical Toys

PIAZZOLA
Four Tangos arr. MacGregor

This concert is also part of the 2014 Metropolis New Music Festival

Reviews

Joanna MacGregor is one of contemporary music’s great individualists, a uniquely
enlivening presence who slices her way through all the barriers she sees as false and limiting.

The Independent (UK)

Series

This production is part of the following series:

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Joanna MacGregor

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