Programme includes 5 premieres of variations of Variations for Judith, Bach A minor English Suite, Nocturnes by John Field and Chopin, and three concert etudes by Liszt.
All Day (Tuesday)
Programme will be Mozart Piano Concerto K 414
Venue: St Mary’s School Johannesburg
(Saturday) 4:00 pm
Programme will include Beethoven Sonata Op 7, Chopin Mazurkas and Waltzes, and Schumann Faschingschwank aus Wien Op 26.
Venue: Linder Auditorium Johannesburg
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tan’s easy asides to the audience matched by his ingratiating engagement with the music, the beautiful sound that he produces, and the moments (…) of visionary grandeur – he is quite the shaman-showman. This exceptional recital cooled down with a dip into Debussy’s ‘Poissons d’or.’
‘With pianist and string players of one mind, the performance was an intensely musical one. The balance of sound was close to ideal, with the work’s understated instrumental virtuosity firmly placed to one side. (…) The applause was long and loud, so Tan and the quartet encored the latter half of the Scherzo.’
Despite the diverse compositional styles, each piece easily flows from one to the next, abetted by Melvyn Tan’s mellifluous and caring interpretations. A most enjoyable, enchanting 22 minutes of music, well worth downloading.