January 5, 2024 - January 7, 2024
6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Romantic Piano Music
with James Lisney
The advances in technology and manufacturing processes wrought during the Industrial Revolution were a potent catalyst for the development of piano as an instrument, both on the concert hall and in the home. At the same time, the expressive range of the music written for the instrument extended in its range, expressive intentions, and virtuosity.
At the vanguard of this movement came Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Liszt. This weekend course will explore this extraordinary treasury of music from these giants but it is hoped that students will also be inspired to bring examples by others such as Alkan, Clara Schumann, Symanowska, Weber and Hummel. Music that really exploits the piano and its ability to glorify itself, the orchestra, the voice and the remarkable poetry of the nineteenth century.
James Lisney, a regular visitor to Jackdaws, enjoys a distinguished career that moves seamlessly between solo and concerto performances, chamber music and song, masterclass courses, and the curation of concert series in some of Europe’s most important concert halls. Recent initiatives have included a Schubert piano sonata cycle in Mumbai, a series of late masterpieces at St George’s Bristol and the Prague Rudolfinum, Chopin recitals to mark his sixtieth birthday. He is now involved with a project to perform Liszt’s Années de Pelerinage and the Harmonies poetiques in France and the Netherlands.
James Lisney is renowned for his work with adult pianists and his piano courses in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom are extremely popular. He welcomes pianists of all abilities to the course at Jackdaws and recommends that they bring three pieces of repertoire for the class and final concert.
A £70 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.