Ian Munro – Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff & Munro

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Celebrated pianist Ian Munro explores inspired repertoire from Romantic masters Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and a new work of his own.

About Ian Munro

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, in demand as both a performer and composer. His gifted range and sensitivity at the piano makes him a great partner to even the most emotionally complex repertoire.

About this concert

For this solo recital, hear imaginative Romantic piano works as well as a startling performance of a new work composed by Ian himself. Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words are short pieces that take us straight to the heart of his lyrical world. Sergei Rachmaninoff likely gleaned a lot from Mendelssohn’s technique, and it shows in Moments musicaux, which shares the nostalgic theme of Mendelssohn’s songs. Moments musicaux is not heard nearly as often as Rachmaninoff’s preludes or Etudes-tableaux but is equally remarkable. Ian’s Sonata No.2, Moscow 1986, transports us to the last days of Soviet Moscow, in the historic year of the Chernobyl disaster, after which the world would never be the same. Ian’s intimate knowledge of both his music and instrument will convey the inner depths of this compelling new work with us.

‘Munro vividly depicted the drama of human striving.’ The Age

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The Langham Melbourne

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Felix Mendelssohn
Songs Without Words, Op.19b

Serge Rachmaninoff
Moments musicaux, Op.16

Ian Munro
Sonata No.2, Moscow 1986 – world premiere


This production is part of the following series:

Great Performers 2021

Melbourne Recital Centre’s favourite program series, Great Performers, returns in 2021.