Friday, 11 March, 7.30pm at Square Chapel, Halifax
Kate Whitley Three Pieces for Violin & Piano
Berg Piano Sonata op. 1
Mark-Anthony Turnage Slide Stride
Shostakovitch Piano Quintet
Benjamin Powell, Benedict Holland, Sophie Rosa, Heather Wallington and Jennifer Langridge
The Piano Quintet by Dmitri Shostakovich is one of his most loved chamber works. Music that looks back to the famous chamber-music masterpieces of the romantic age and often glances towards Bach, while at the same time speaking a language of its own, of unusual purity and plainness. Berg’s compelling piano sonata was completed in the year he finished his formal studies with Arnold Schoenberg, and first performed in Vienna in 1911. Psappha’s Patron Mark-Anthony Turnage pays electrifying tribute to American stride piano pioneer James P Johnson and to begin, a piece by one of Britain’s most exciting young composers: a trio of short duets by Kate Whitley, founder of London’s fabulous Multi-Story Orchestra.