Steven Osborne piano
MEDTNER Sonata in B-flat, Op.53, No.1, ‘Sonata Romantica’
RACHMANINOV Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42
RACHMANINOV Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36
Steven Osborne seems to have a direct line to the composers he performs – giving note perfect and idiomatic readings of music from personalities as different as Mozart and Messaien. His recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was an Editor favourite in all the major music magazines for its “acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure”. With transcendent technique and intelligence, Osborne is a pianist who can play anything, beautifully.
His global recital and concerto tours have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Wigmore, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Concertgebouw. In 2012 he tours Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra but his Melbourne Recital Centre concert is his only solo recital.
With typical care, Osborne has composed a program of music from early-20th Century Russia, including Rachmaninov’s dark and dazzling Second Sonata and a delicious rarity by his colleague Nikolai Medtner. This is music from a society on the brink of upheaval and after: by turns joyous, violent, tragic and melancholy.
6.45pm: Pre-Concert Talk
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