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Mahler Piano Series - Concert 9 - Echoes of the East | Iain Farrington (piano)

Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 19:30
1901 Arts Club, London
£15, concessions £10
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  1. No 3 Etude on a Chinese theme, from 4 Morceaux Op 25 - Anton Arensky
  2. 3 Gnossiennes - Erik Satie
  3. Pagodes, from 3 Estampes - Claude Debussy
  4. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes, from Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose' - Maurice Ravel
  5. Gamelan, from Java Suite - Leopold Godowsky
  6. Elegy No 4, Turandots Frauengemach, from 7 Elegien K 249 - Ferruccio Busoni
  7. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' - Gustav Mahler

The Mahler Piano Series features a wide variety of musical styles that influenced Mahler, as well as the bulk of his symphonic music arranged for solo piano.

Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Iain Farrington explores the European musical melting pot of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring exceptional singers performing in an intimate salon venue from the period, this is a unique and remarkable exploration of Mahler’s musical world.

Echoes of the East
European composers, artists and writers of the early 20th century were increasingly inspired by the exotic lure of the East. The music in this concert is influenced by the sights and sounds of Asia, reflecting the trend of the period. Mahler's song-symphony Das Lied von der Erde sets ancient Chinese texts, and inhabits a unique and personal soundworld. Performed with piano accompaniment, it is an intense and intimate musical experience.

Iain Farrrington (piano)
Iain has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. Iain has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at all the major UK venues, as well as in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Iain has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Lesley Garrett, Paul McCartney and gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three. He has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces, including several orchestral works for the BBC Proms. Iain has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, instrumental and choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire (including much Mahler) are regularly performed around the world, and he has arranged and performed all of Elgar's symphonies on the piano.

Richard Dowling (tenor)
Richard originally studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester and went on to complete a PhD in the field of crystallisation. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course, where he performed the role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Le Prince in Massenet’s Cendrillon. He also performed in the Wigmore Hall with the Academy Song Circle and as a soloist in the Academy’s complete Bach cantatas series. He has sung with West Green Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, West Green Opera and Jackdaws OperaPLUS. With Garsington Opera he performed in Britten’s Death in Venice, Rossini’s Maometto II and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. He was pleased to be awarded Garsington Opera’s 2014 Simon Sandbach Award. Oratorio performances include Britten’s Ballad of Heroes and Mozart’s Requiem in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Finzi’s Dies Natalis in Brentwood Cathedral, Handel's Messiah in Lincoln Cathedral, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Shadwell Ensemble in London.

Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)
Winner of the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship, Canadian mezzo soprano Stephanie Marshall studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. A member of the Young Artist Programme at English National Opera, she later became a Company Principal. Stephanie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Gwendolen Fairfax in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, subsequently performing it at the Lincoln Center, New York with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Stephanie returned to the ROH for the world premiere performances of The Crackle by Matthew Herbert, and a new production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She has sung numerous major roles at English National Opera and the Classical Opera Company. Her engagements in North America include lead roles for the Canadian Opera Company, the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and Pacific Opera Victoria. On the concert platform, Stephanie has sung with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, as well as many recitals with piano, including at the Wigmore Hall.

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