Neil Crossland [Piano]
To join the Virtual Save Sunday Music event,please click on the Zoom link below from 11:45AM:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82514675046?pwd=UjF3MkRMT0p2cWN6THIwVVJWcVI1QT09First halfBeethoven Sonata No.2 in A major Op.2 No.2 (dedicated to Joseph Haydn)1. Allegro vivace 2. Largo appassionato 3. Scherzo 4. Rondo – GraziosoBeethoven Sonata No.3 in C major Op.2 No.3 (dedicated to Joseph Haydn)1. Allegro con brio 2. Adagio 3. Scherzo e Trio – Allegro 4. Allegro assaiFive minute breakSecond halfLisztBallade No.2 in B minorLisztVallee d’Obermann in E minor from Annees de Pelerinage Book 1Liszt (encore)Liebestraume No.3 in A flat majorYorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres. Neil has played at many major London venues, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields, and frequent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. He has performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a concert series at St James’ Piccadilly. He has also performed throughout the UK, and in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia and recently in Singapore giving concerts of the unfinished Schubert Sonatas, also workshops and master classes.His concerto performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the British Chamber Orchestra at the Southwark Festival. He has also been active as a chamber musician, founding the Piano trio “Trilogy” performing his own works for piano trio, ‘Trio Requiem’ and ‘Damage’.Neil has made over twenty recordings on the Deltatel label, including the complete cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and works by Haydn, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Poulenc. Among his other projects has been to revive and record the piano compositions of the late Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.As a composer, Neil is known for his original but accessible style. He has written a Requiem, Op. 43 for soloists, chorus and orchestra, other noteworthy works; include the Yorkshire Suite for Piano Op. 41, the Variations for piano duet on the Paganini’s 24th Caprice and the Beethoven Ode to Joy and the Piano trio No.2 ‘Damage’. His latest compositions are songs set to poems by the 3 Bronte sisters for Piano and Soprano Op. 52 performed at St James’s church Piccadilly. Also Ave Maria Op. 53 for Soprano, Chorus and Piano, first performed in Hammersmith at St Augustine’s church.He is also recognised for his ability to write successful transcriptions and convincing works in older styles. In particular Neil has completed and recorded all the seven unfinished Schubert piano sonatas.
- Save Sunday Music, Harrow, 25 April 2021
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