The Romantic Piano

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014072220150602 (R3)

Sean Rafferty introduces the first of four piano recitals recorded in Dublin and Belfast. Today's concert was recorded in the First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street in Belfast. Ronald Brautigam plays Mendelssohn's contribution to an album published to raise funds for a Beethoven monument in Bonn and Schumann's tribute to ETA Hoffmann and his most famous literary creation, Kapellmeister Kreisler.

Ronald Brautigam (piano)

Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses, Op 54

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op 16

First broadcast 22/07/2014.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140723

Sean Rafferty introduces the second concert in this week's series was recorded at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Lang Lang begins with Mozart's Piano Sonata in G major K 283, which was written while the composer was still a teenager. He concludes with a performance of Chopin's Four Ballades. Chopin is said to have invented the the "Ballade". He told Schumann that the Ballade form was inspired by the poetry of the nationalist poet, Mickiewicz, who was in exile and a member of Chopin's circle in Paris.

Lang Lang (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No 5 in G major, K 283

Chopin: Four Ballades

Ballade No 1, Op 23 in G minor

Ballade No 2, Op 38 in F Major

Ballade No 3, Op 47 in A flat

Ballade No 4, Op 52 in F minor.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014072420150603 (R3)

Sean Rafferty introduces the penultimate piano recital in this week's series recorded in Dublin and Belfast. Today's concert was recorded in the First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast. Pianist, Michael McHale performs a programme of Nocturnes by Chopin and John Field as well as Liszt's adventurous and virtuosic take on Verdi's themes from Rigoletto. He begins the programme with Schubert's Four Impromptus, D. 899 - the four pieces were written and published in 1827, the year before the composer's death.

Michael McHale (piano)

Franz Schubert: Four Impromptus D. 899

John Field: Nocturne No 4 in A major

John Field: Nocturne No 10 in E

Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in E major Op 62, No 2

Franz Liszt: Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert

First broadcast 24/07/2014.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014072520150604 (R3)

Sean Rafferty introduces the final programme in this series of four piano recitals recorded in Dublin and Belfast. Today's concert was recorded at The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Irish pianist, Finghin Collins performs Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien "Phantasiebilder" Op 26, which translates as 'Carnival Scenes from Vienna'. The US composer, Jane O'Leary has been resident in Ireland since 1972, her Five Bagatelles are a a collection of short pieces inspired by Beethoven's own collections of short piano works. Chopin composed the Four Mazurkas Op. 17 in 1832-33, during his first years in Paris. He loved the Polish dance and across the span of his short life he wrote about sixty of mazurkas.

Finghin Collins (piano)

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien - Phantasiebilder Op 26

Jane O'Leary: Five Bagatelles (2013)

Chopin: Four Mazurkas Op 17

First broadcast 25/07/2014.

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140725

Sean Rafferty introduces the final programme in this series of four piano recitals recorded in Dublin and Belfast. Today's concert was recorded at The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Irish pianist, Finghin Collins performs Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien "Phantasiebilder" Op 26, which translates as 'Carnival Scenes from Vienna'. The US composer, Jane O'Leary has been resident in Ireland since 1972, her Five Bagatelles are a a collection of short pieces inspired by Beethoven's own collections of short piano works. Chopin composed the Four Mazurkas Op. 17 in 1832-33, during his first years in Paris. He loved the Polish dance and across the span of his short life he wrote about sixty of mazurkas.

Finghin Collins (piano)

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien - Phantasiebilder Op 26

Jane O'Leary: Five Bagatelles (2013)

Chopin: Four Mazurkas Op 17.