Ludovico Einaudi, Angela Hewitt and the Labeque sisters highlights of The Piano festival 2013
A performance of Stockhausen’s ‘Kontakte’ by Nicolas Hodges & Colin Currie is also on the programme
Now presenting its third annual November-time programme, Glasgow’s The Piano festival is back with a whole raft of piano-focussed concerts ranging from the super-accessible film scores of Ludovico Einaudi, performed by the man himself, to the astonishing tour de force that is Stockhausen’s ‘Kontakte’.
Amid all the current furore about female conductors – or, rather, the lack of them – The Piano puts female artists centre stage. Over the weekend of Fri 15, Sat 16 and Sun 17 November, you can experience one of Bach’s greatest keyboard interpreters, Angela Hewitt, and the glitzy glamour of the famous French Labeque sisters in a programme inspired by New York and Paris.
For the Stockhausen performance, scored for electronics, piano and percussion, live performers are Nicolas Hodges and Colin Currie respectively. London born Hodges comes to Scotland from Stuttgart, where he teaches piano at the conservatory there. Currie, brought up in Edinburgh, is a massive fan of the piece they perform together, the title of which simply translates as ‘contacts’ and refers to contacts between acoustic, instrumental sounds made by the two players and the electronic sounds of the pre-digital tape. It is a theatrical piece, requiring agile physicality of Currie in particular. ‘I have loved "Kontakte" since I was 12’, he says, ‘and used the music for wallpaper in my bedroom.’ By all accounts, it is a truly remarkable piece of music and the Glasgow performance is one not to be missed. As the piece ends, Currie describes it by saying, ‘You are left frozen in magic. To live these moments collectively, to fuse in this joint meditative state, is one of the deepest human experiences we can share.’
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 13 Nov–Sun 1 Dec.