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Coady Green & Christopher Smith
18 August, 2016
After critically-acclaimed tours in India, Africa, and the United Kingdom, internationally award-winning pianists Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith bring an exciting programme to Melbourne, including the Australian premiere performance of Scriabin’s epic third symphony in its original duet form.
The pianists performed this as part of a documentary on Scriabin’s life being made for the BBC, realising Scriabin’s dream of having his music performed high up in the Himalayas for the 100th anniversary of his death in a concert that is now on record as the highest publicly-attended concert in the world. See the trailer for the documentary HERE.
Adding to this programme will be two dazzling Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies in their duet form and the rarely-heard masterpiece by Anton Rubinstein – his Sonata for Piano Four Hands Opus 89.
This is a scintillating concert including the most virtuosic, technically acrobatic works from the piano duet literature.
Franz Liszt: Two Hungarian Rhapsodies for duet
No. 2 in D minor/Gmajor s621/2 (after Rapsodie hongroise II, S244/2)
No. 3 in D major, S621/3 (after Rapsodie hongroise VI, S244/6)
Anton Rubinstein: Piano Sonata for Piano Four Hands Opus 89
Alexander Scriabin: Symphony 3 “The Divine Poem” Opus 43 (arranged L. Konyus)
Coady Green and Christopher Smith have been performing, teaching, and touring together since 2013. They have quickly established an international reputation for delivering high-quality recitals combining standard repertoire for their genre with little-known works. They have performed together in the most prominent concert halls in the UK and frequently tour abroad.
In 2015 they performed Scriabin Symphonies arranged for duet in a widely publicised event in the Himalayas as part of an upcoming documentary for BBC and SkyArts1, realising the composer’s dream of having his music performed in this stunning location for the centenary of his death.
After starting 2016 off with a critically acclaimed performance of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra at the magnificent Brighton Dome, they are now engaged to play in six of the seven continents between 2016 and 2017, touring with programmes including major staples of the duet and duo repertoire combined with lesser-known masterpieces such as the duet versions of the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony and Scriabin Third Symphony.
They are about to embark on a major recording project to cover the duet and two piano arrangements of the entire symphonic works of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rubinstein with Toccata Classics, a project that will see them give premiere recordings of over 30 works.
Group 6+: $33,
Under 30s: $33 (limited availability)
Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members