The Great War: 1914-1918

8pm Saturday, November 8 & 3pm Sunday, November 9 -Rush seating ONLY


Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, Maxim Bernard asks: “What role for the artist?” – especially for the composers living through daily reports of slaughter on the battlefields of Europe. Did the terrible news influence creativity? Stimulate their imagination, or stifle it? Maxim Bernard explores these questions with a programme of nine works, written entirely while the war raged from 1914 to 1918. The concert culminates in Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, with each of its six movements evoking the memory of a friend lost at the Front.

Programme: Rachmaninoff Etude tableau in C minor, Op. 39, No. 1; Etude tableau in F sharp minor, Op. 39, No. 3 Fauré Nocturne No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107 Bartók Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68 Medtner Funeral March in B minor, Op. 31, No. 2 Scriabin Vers la Flamme, Op. 72 Prokofiev Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 Nielsen Chaconne, Op. 32 Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin.

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