Barry Douglas And Friends At Lso St Luke's

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140225

In the first of four concerts he has personally curated at LSO St Lukes in London, pianist Barry Douglas performs Brahms's introspective Seven Fantasies, Op 116, and Schubert's final great Piano Sonata in B flat, D960.

Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op 116

Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat, D960

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Barry has recently embarked on a monumental recording project to record the complete works for solo piano of Brahms and Schubert within five years, and it is Brahms's chamber music which is at the core of this four-concert residency, the latest in the LSO St Lukes/BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert sequence of 'And Friends' residencies.

The friends he has invited to join him reflect his wide-ranging contacts within the musical world, and include violinist Chloë Hanslip and horn-player Richard Watkins from the UK, French clarinettist Michel Lethiec and Finnish cellist Arto Noras.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140226

For the second concert in his LSO St Lukes residency, pianist Barry Douglas is joined by clarinettist Michael Lethiec and cellist Arto Noras for trios for this unusual combination by Beethoven and Brahms, and by horn-player Richard Watkins in Dukas's Villanelle.

Beethoven: Trio in B flat, Op 11

Dukas: Villanelle

Brahms: Trio in A minor, Op 114

Michel Lethiec (clarinet)

Arto Noras (cello)

Richard Watkins (horn)

Barry Douglas (piano).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140227

Pianist Barry Douglas continues his four-concert residency at LSO St Lukes in London by inviting violinist Chloë Hanslip and horn-player Richard Watkins to join him in two works by Brahms: the serenely lyrical Violin Sonata No 2 in A, and the energetic Trio for horn, violin and piano, Op 40

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op 100

Brahms: Trio in E flat for horn, violin and piano, Op 40

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

Richard Watkins (horn)

Barry Douglas (piano).

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140228

Barry Douglas concludes his four-concert residency at LSO St Lukes with a solo recital featuring a selection of Nocturnes by John Field and two works from opposite ends of Brahms's career: the late, introspective Piano Pieces Op 119, and the youthful and fiery Second Piano Sonata, Op 2

Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op 119

Field: Nocturnes Nos 8 in E minor and 5 in B flat

Brahms: Piano Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2

Barry Douglas (piano).