Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Tristan Lee
Conflicts of human nature unleashed through captivating Romantic piano masterpieces.
Embark on a captivating journey as acclaimed pianist Tristan Lee, delves into the profound conflicts of human nature through three transcendent Romantic piano masterpieces. The opening bars of Beethoven’s late Piano Sonata Op.90 serve as a gateway to this exploration, with its two movements embodying what Beethoven’s biographer, Schindler, describes as a relentless ‘struggle between the heart and the head, and a conversation with the beloved’. As the program surges forward in Chopin’s fiercely ironic Scherzo No.3 Op.39, in C minor, be immersed in a world of ferocious octave passages set against moments of sublime beauty and poetic lyricism.
About the concert
Lee’s command over these compositions is enriched by his profound familiarity with Liszt, a composer who revered and regularly performed the works featured in this program. Liszt’s monumental one-movement Sonata, often associated with the Faustian legend and its moral dilemmas bears the imprint of the preceding masterpieces, displaying their unmistakable influence. Lee’s mastery has resonated across international venues, from Wigmore Hall and St Martin in the Fields to Shanghai Theatre and Guangzhou Opera House. With every meticulously crafted note and each nuanced interpretation, Lee magnifies the resplendent beauty and eternal conflicts woven within these masterpieces in an unmissable performance.
Praise for Tristan Lee
‘A brilliant and mature recital’ – Limelight
‘Listening to Lee’s insightful readings has been one of the more memorable passages of play that I’ve enjoyed in some years of Liszt experiences… his interpretations reveal a highly welcome integrity.’ – Clive O’Connell
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Tristan Lee piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39
Sonata in B Minor S. 178, S. 178
Tuesday 28 November 2023 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval) Please note, running times are approximate and subject to change.
Standard $37 ($30 Concession)
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