Bach’s Influence: Family Matters

Venue Great Hall

Running time 50

Artists: Steven Devine fortepiano


Tickets £10 | Students and U16 £5

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Next date 5th August 10:00 pm

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Steven Devine starts the first of our series Bach’s Influence, before the mighty St Matthew Passion on Friday.

His fortepiano recital explores the ways in which two of Bach’s sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, shook off their father’s influence to revolutionise the expressive and virtuosic capabilities not just of the instrument, but also of the players. Their boundary-breaking, astonishing music contrasts with searching, slower movements, pushing the boundaries of harmonic invention beyond accepted practice – or even accepted ‘good taste’.

CPE Bach Sonata No.1 in C major Wq 55/1
WF Bach Fantasia in C minor Fk.15
CPE Bach Sonata No.1 in A minor Wq 49/1
WF Bach Sonata in D major Fk.3

Don’t miss:
Bach’s Influence: Trio Gaspard on 6 August
Bach’s Influence: The Romantics on 6 August
Bach, Man and Myth on 7 August
Bach’s Influence: Beethoven and Beyond on 7 August
The Great Passion: The Making of St Matthew Passion on 8 August

Steven Devine is now in demand across the world and is at home in the fields of opera, large-scale concerts, chamber music and solo performances. Since 2007 he has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as co-principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Classical Opera Company, I Fagiolini, and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. In recent years, he has been performing Bach’s Goldberg’s Variations extensively around the world.
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