25 May 2018

Bagatelles after Beethoven

  • Tim Horton Piano
  • Berg Piano Sonata op. 1
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata in A op. 2 no. 2, Six Bagatelles op. 126
  • Martin Butler, Michael Zev Gordon, Cheryl Frances Hoad, Gabriel Jackson, David Knotts, Jack Sheen Bagatelles after Beethoven

Once a year Presteigne Festival brings one of its projects to MaO as part of a UK wide tour. The tour enables the festival’s highly-respected work, the commissioning of music to sit alongside existing repertoire, to go be shared across the UK.  In our 2016-17 season we welcomed Clare Hammond and James Turnbull who gave a stunning performance which included the commission Raven’s Cage by Ninfea Crutwell-Reade, Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize-winner 2015. Going back further to our 2015-16 season we saw another exceptional concert born from conversations at Presteigne between Fenella Humphreys and composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Join us this year to witness another delight from this festival: Bagatelles after Beethoven performed by Tim Horton.

Pianist Tim Horton plays major works by Beethoven and Berg.  Taking inspiration from Beethoven’s much-loved Six Bagatelles which end this programme, we feature six specially commissioned Bagatelles by composers Martin Butler, Michael Zev Gordon, Cheryl Frances Hoad, Gabriel Jackson, David Knotts and Jack Sheen (winner of a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society composer award). The new set of commissioned pieces is in celebration of Presteigne Festival’s 35th anniversary. A beautifully constructed programme from an exceptional performer which we are looking forward to sharing with you.

‘Finally we heard the six Bagatelles of Beethoven’s Op 126 themselves, Horton responsive to all their mercurial and beatific qualities, and producing an unforgettable, simple little G major which still haunts my memory’. Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

‘Tim Horton’s intricate passage-work was a joy to hear, as was the warm and supple playing of the strings.’ Concert review 2016: Leonore Piano Trio, Dorset County Museum Music Society, Dorchester

‘Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 7, completed in 1942, was the second in the War Sonata trilogy, in which the composer – obliged to provide an ode in honour of Stalin’s 60th birthday – produced a sequence of aggressively dissonant works that seemed more accurately to reflect what he thought of him. Here Tim Horton gave a truly ferocious performance: the insistent, single-note bass of the final movement suggested the despair of a Soviet composer slamming his head against a brick wall.’ Music in the Round review 2014 – beguiling Brahms and ferocious Prokofiev. The Guardian.


Presteigne Festival

End time c. 9:30pm