Sunday 18 September

Michael Endres

“Endres held us spellbound with his command of the ebb and flow of sonorities, the ensuing calm suggesting a somewhat volatile balance of light and darkness….” – (Peter Mechen, Middle C)


Schubert:      Drei Klavierstücke, D 946
Liszt:            Rhapsodie Espagnole
Schumann:   Kreisleriana, Opus 16
Schumann:   Two songs:

“Du bist wie eine Blume” (transcribed by Clara Schumann)
“Frühlingsnacht” (transcribed by Liszt)

Michael Endres’s recital for us in May 2021 was amazing – it was probably the first time a performer received a standing ovation both at the interval and again at the end of the concert – and we just had to invite him back again straight away. He loves our Fazioli piano and it certainly responded magnificently.

He returns with more Schubert and Schumann for us to enjoy; the same composers whose music he played so brilliantly in his recent recital. Michael has won the International Schubert Competition and has been described as one of the world’s foremost Schubert interpreters so we look forward to hearing him play the three Klavierstücke.

They will be followed by Liszt’s colourful and technically demanding Rhapsodie Espagnol, a work that was apparently inspired by Liszt’s tour to Spain and Portugal in 1845.

Schumann’s wonderfully romantic Kreisleriana will follow. It is a substantial and demanding work of eight movements, in which Schumann was able to indulge the dualities of his own personality as the music swings between agitation and lyrical calm.

The concert will end with two of Schumann’s well-loved songs, one transcribed by his wife Clara Schumann and the other by Franz Liszt.