Friday 10 March 2017, 7.30 pm in Cairns Church

ALASDAIR BEATSON piano »

Beethoven
Bartók
Debussy
Schumann
Eric Satie
Dohnányi
7 Bagatelles, op 33
from Mikrokosmos (selection)
Images, Book 2
Kinderszenen, op 15
Embryons Desséchés
Rhapsody in C, op 11 no 3

A welcome return from one of Scotland's most outstanding musicians. Alasdair Beatson's last recital for us coincided with a snow storm but inside Cairns Church the temperature soared with his scintillating, vibrant playing. His programme offers a tantalising mix of well-known and much-loved works like Schumann's Children's Scenes and Debussy's evocative Images, as well as less familiar music. Erik Satie's eccentrically named "Desiccated Embryos" - three little pieces named after sea creatures - sound unappetising but are in fact charmingly tuneful, if slightly mysterious and more than a little tongue in cheek. Dohnányi's virtuosic Rhapsody, very much in the tradition of Franz Liszt, makes a gloriously extravert finale to this entertaining recital.

" __ a major Scottish musical figure__ extraordinary set of performances__pristine pianism__ musicianship of the highest order".
Michael Tumelty, The Herald

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