Imo Pectore / Ian Holtham, piano
With Ian Holtham as your guide, 'Imo Pectore' – 'music from the inner most recesses of the heart' highlights the remarkable genius of four great composers, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rachmaninov.
Beethoven's 'Sonata in Ab opus 26', contains the first real 'funeral march' in the piano repertoire and reflects the way in which the composer saw himself facing the gathering forces of total deafness and ensuing despair.
Their individual tragedies are a reflection of the overwhelming grief facing a modern society plagued by the tragedy of AIDS. The loss of life within the international artistic community has been without parallel.
Schubert, facing his own personal crisis in 1828 composed his last sonata, fatally ill, and aware of his impending death from syphilis. The death of Beethoven in the previous year had been a monumental blow to Schubert and he mourned that death deeply.
Imo Pectore also features Schumann's 'Abschied (Farewell) ' recalling his deep sense of loss, when as a young man he was brought the news of Schubert's death.
Holtham's performance of these works is as deeply intimate as the compositions themselves.
Piano Sonata in A Flat Major, opus 26 (Beethoven)
Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, D 960 (Schubert)
Prelude in B Flat Major (Rachmaninov)
Press Quotes“a well-chosen and intensely personal attempt to explore the reaction of the creative mind in the face of death.”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide
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