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Penelope Thwaites


Penelope Thwaites

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 6pm
  • Venue: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC

Event Details

London-based Australian pianist and composer Penelope Thwaites has performed and broadcast in over twenty-five countries on five continents.

Since her Wigmore Hall debut in 1974, she has appeared regularly as recitalist in London's major concert halls, and has built a reputation as an intensely communicative artist in a wide repertoire. Penelope is recognised as a leading exponent of  the music of Percy Grainger, and like Grainger, she grew up in Melbourne. In the first concert in Melbourne Recital Centre's new Salon: Solo recital series, Penelope surveys music which inspired Grainger as pianist and composer, and his own idiosyncratic compositions. Grieg's Slåtter brought Scandinavian folk music to a broader public in masterful arrangements of Norwegian fiddle music for the piano. Grainger was a friend and champion of Grieg, who called him "a genius that we Scandinavians cannot do other than love." Debussy's exploration of other musical cultures - Bali and Spain - and his radical approach to harmony, colour and rhythm also influenced Grainger's music - as did his formidable virtuosity as a pianist. The Estampes are three of Debussy's most gorgeous impressions - of pagodas, of an evening in Spain and of a garden in a rainstorm. Grainger himself rounds out the program in a selection of his characteristically daring, folksy and touching works.

This recital is part of Salon: Solo, a new concert series showcasing leading musicians in the intimacy of the Salon.

Featured non-Australian music: Bach, Grieg, Debussy

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