Saturday 9 May
Prokofiev Satanic Apparition
Piazzolla Ave Maria
Vivaldi Violin Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 RV297, ‘Winter’
Bartók 6 Romanian Dances
Ryabov River of Love
Scarlatti Sonata in D minor
Mussorgsky Children’s Scherzo
Liszt (arr. Horowitz) Hungarian Rhapsody No.15, Rakoczy March
Performing classics as you’ve (probably) never heard them before, Iosif Purits and his accordion dart from Baroque Italy to contemporary Denmark via Russia and Eastern Europe in a delightfully varied programme. Born in Moscow in 1988, Purits has been winning major competitions since the age of eight. His astonishing technique reveals the accordion as an intensely expressive instrument which draws new dimensions from old classics.
Performance runs: c. 60 mins (no interval)
Royal Academy of Music Concert Series
A Special feature of the Festival’s music programme is the series of concerts given by students from the Royal Academy of Music. The series provides a showcase not just for the finest emerging talent but also for an exhilaratingly eclectic programme of music that ranges across musical epochs, tastes and boundaries. This year ensembles take centre stage, with a trio, a quartet and a quintet mining the repertoire from classic Beethoven to contemporary originality. Alongside them, breathtaking virtuosity on the accordion and the piano.