Spiritual piano music of the world

Tuesday 17 April 2018,
Room 33
Tickets £12
Members/Concessions £8

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The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Join American pianist Jay Gottlieb for a performance exploring spiritual influences on western composers, where an Italian applies Indian techniques, a Moroccan takes on Afro-Cuban techniques and a Hungarian and a Frenchman apply Asian techniques.

This performance features works by Obukhov, George Crumb, Scelsi, Ohana, Liszt and Messiaen, and takes place in the magnificent Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia.

Nikolai Obukhov (1892–1954)
The Temple is Measured, the Spirit is Incarnate

George Crumb (b. 1929)
The Visitation
Berceuse for the Infant Jesu
Agnus Dei

Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988)
Four Illustrations on the Metamorphosis of Vishnu

Maurice Ohana (1913–1992)
Free Cadences
Free Counterpoints
Third Pedal

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Pater Noster
Ave Maria
Miserere (d'après Palestrina)

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
Regard du Père
Regard du Temps
La Parole toute puissante

Born in New York, Jay Gottlieb studied at the Juilliard School and at Harvard University, and in France with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod, Robert Casadesus, and in Germany with Aloys Kontarsky. He won the Master Award at the Tanglewood Festival and since has appeared in major international music festivals (La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, International Keyboard Festival in New York, Autumn Festival in Paris, Autumn Festival in Warsaw, Biennale in Venice, Moscow Forum). Institutions such as the Juilliard School, Indiana University in Bloomington, Paris Conservatory, Ecole Normale and Schola Cantorum in Paris, American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, Centre Acanthes of the Avignon Festival, PIANALE in Germany regularly invite him to teach, and he gives lecture-concerts and masterclasses worldwide.
He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Percussions de Strasbourg, London Sinfonietta, the Group for Contemporary Music in New York, and members of the New York Philharmonic, working with conductors Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lukas Foss and Arturo Tamayo. Composers including Magnus Lindberg, Franco Donatoni, Sylvano Bussotti, Alessandro Solbiati, Maurice Ohana, Ralph Shapey, Luis de Pablo, Poul Ruders, Gilbert Amy, Bruno Mantovani, Oscar Strasnoy, Betsy Jolas, and Barbara Kolb have written works for him, and he has composed music for several films and written a book on contemporary piano music. He has recorded for Philips, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Erato and Aeon, several times winning awards such as the Grand Prix du Disque of the French Recording Academy, the Diapason d'Or, and the 'Choc' of the 'Monde de la Musique'.

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