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IAN HOBSON — SOUND IMPRESSIONS: THE PIANO MUSIC OF DEBUSSY & RAVEL

The immensely versatile and renowned pianist Ian Hobson, whose playing has been described by Gramophone as “intensely alive to expressive nuance, textural clarity and elastic shaping,” will perform Sound Impressions: The Piano Music of Debussy and Ravel, a six-recital cycle of the complete solo piano works of the two composers, at SubCulture. The series will take place over the course of six months, from November 2017 to April 2018.

Mr. Hobson’s recitals will explore Debussy’s revolutionary quest to reach beyond traditional harmonic means to portray people and nature in an ambiguous yet still immediate reality; as well as Ravel’s brilliant, sometimes darkly-menacing solo piano works which tease the imagination with skillfully wrought intimations of spooky fairy tales, faraway places, and Gothic fantasies.

CONCERT DATES & PROGRAMS

 
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Ravel  Minuet in C-Sharp Minor
Debussy  Danse Bohémienne
Deux Arabesques
Morceau de concours
Images
(1894)
Ravel  Gaspard de la Nuit
Debussy  Préludes (Book 2)

 
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Ravel  Menuet Antique
Debussy  Ballade
Le Plus que Lente
Epigraphes Antiques

Ravel  Pavane pour une Enfante Défunte
Prélude

Debussy  Le Petit Nègre
Ravel  Sonatine
Debussy  Children’s Corner

 
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Ravel  Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn
Debussy  Hommage à Haydn
Pièce pour piano
Ravel  Jeux d’eau
Debussy  Rêverie
Ravel  Valses nobles et sentimentales
Debussy  Images, (Book 1)
Suite Bergamasque

 
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Debussy  Berceuse Héroïque
Valse Romantique
Mazurka
Nocturne
Ravel  Sérénade Grotesque
Miroirs
Debussy  Préludes, (Book 1)

 
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Ravel  À la manière de Borodine
À la manière de Chabrier
Debussy  Masques
D’un cahier d’esquisses
L’isle joyeuse
Danse (Tarantelle styrienne)
Estampes

Debussy  Images, (Book 2)
Ravel  La valse

 
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Debussy  Pour le piano
Élégie
Pièce pour l’oeuvre du “vêtement du blesse”
Ravel  Le tombeau de Couperin
Debussy  Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon
Études

 


ABOUT IAN HOBSON

Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson—called “powerful and persuasive” by The New York Times—is recognized internationally for his command of an extraordinarily comprehensive repertoire, his consummate performances of the Romantic masters, his deft and idiomatic readings of neglected piano music old and new, and his assured conducting from both the piano and the podium.

In addition to being a celebrated performer, Mr. Hobson is a dedicated scholar and educator who has pioneered renewed interest in the music of such lesser known masters as Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Hummel. He has also been an effective advocate of works written expressly for him by a number of today’s noted composers, including Benjamin Lees, John Gardner, David Liptak, Alan Ridout, and Yehudi Wyner.