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Recital season regular; A PIANO society has cast its net wide across the world to recruit the new season's magnificent seven, as RICHARD YATES reports.


A FAITHFUL friend of the Sunderland Pianoforte Society returns next week to launch a truly international season of recitals at the city's Museum & Winter Gardens.

The popular Turkish virtuoso Gulsin Onay has been a regular performer for the society over a number of seasons and she returns on Tuesday, September 14, at 7.15pm with a programme that can't fail to appeal - opening with Schumann's Abegg Variations, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and the first book of Debussy's Images, continuing with Sketches by Bartok and ending with a feast for Chopin fans, including two of his Nocturnes and the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise.

Viv McLean is the only English guest of the society's seven guest artists for 2010-11. He will be performing the Six Consolations by Liszt, Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, pieces by Chopin and Kalinnikov, and bringing his December 7 recital to a rousing climax with Gershwin's Rhadsody in Blue.

Another familiar face to Sunderland audiences, the impressive Czech pianist Martin Kasik, returns on October 19 with a Chopin and Rachmaninov programme, while on November 9 the young Catalan virtuoso Nestor Bayona Piffare makes his society debut with works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Brahms, along with Halffter's Cadencia VII and two pieces from Albeniz's Iberia.

Into the new year, Australian Jayson Gillham takes over the stool on February 8 to play Schumann's Kreisleriana and works by Mozart and Chopin, making way on March 8 for the prize-winning Korean pianist Jong-Gyung Park to perform a Schubert sonata, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit and all 24 of the Chopin Preludes.

No piano recital can seem to do without Chopin, and his music is aired again at the Sunderland society's concluding recital on April 12 with Italian virtuoso Alessandro Taverna performing two of the Nocturnes along with Beethoven's Eroica Variations and movements from Stravinsky's Petrushka.

For full details of the Sunderland Pianoforte Society's new season and to book tickets call (0191) 252 5396.

THE enterprising Lanchester Early Music Festival reaches its climax in the County Durham village's parish church of All Saints tomorrow (Sat, Sept 11) at 7.30pm.

Hexham Collegium Musicum - flautist Brian Stewart, oboist Philip Cull and Ian Brunt on harpsichord and organ - will showcase the talents of leading Baroque composers in a programme entitled The True Music-Master. It features virtuoso trio sonatas and chamber music by Telemann and his circle and works by Johann Krebbs and the Bach family. Admission is pounds 8 with concessions at pounds 5 and the concert is free to under-18s, full-time students and the unwaged.

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TURKISH DELIGHT - Gulsin Onay opens Sunderland Pianoforte Society's new season
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2010
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