Etudes (1915) Book 1 (25′)
Remembering Esenin (1974) (12′) with Adrian Brendel – cello
Giga, Bolero e Variazione (Study after Mozart) (1909) (4′)
Musical Toys (1968) – (8′) Selection
Etudes (1915) Book 2 (25′)
Nicolas Hodges brings us a programme demonstrating his versatility and insight, with Debussy’s famous Preludes taking centre stage. Looking both forward and back, Debussy’s music is the ideal springboard to explore more contemporary sounds. Italian Busoni was himself a great pianist and composer, while Sofia Gubaidulina and Nigel Osborne’s very individual compositions elaborate on the playful and inward characters of the Preludes. Hodges joins us fresh from a residency at Dartington with Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
“Hodges’ recitals always boldly go where few other pianists dare…with an energy that sometimes defies belief.” The Guardian
“Those who worry that the great tradition of the piano concerto is losing its hold on living composers should rest assured: The brilliant British pianist Nicolas Hodges, a champion of contemporary music, is on the case. Right now six composers, among them Pascal Dusapin and Gerald Barry, are writing concertos for Mr. Hodges, who resides in Stuttgart, Germany, where he teaches at the city’s conservatory.” New York Times 01/13 Read full review