Clare Hall's Musician-in-Residence, Patrick Hemmerlé, plays a selection of works by Beethoven and Medtner.
Saturday 23 October 2021 from 7.30pm
Dining Hall, Clare Hall
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Beethoven Tempest Sonata opus 31 number 2
Medtner Night Wind Sonata opus 25 number 2
Patrick shares: "This concert puts together two of the most important works of their respective authors. Beethoven's Tempest Sonata is one of the crowning achievements of his middle years. Medtner was regarded by Rachmaninoff as the best composer of his generation, and his body of fourteen piano Sonatas is one of the most important corpus of the twentieth century. The opus 25 number 2, the Night Wind, is widely regarded as the finest of the set."
About the musician:
Acclaimed for the originality of his concert programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in England. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Prelude and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Roger-Ducasse, whose public recognition is not equal to their worth.
Recent engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in the UK.
Patrick has published 4 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His recording of Novak’s masterpiece Pan led to an invitation to give the inaugural concert of the Novak Society in Prague, where the work had not been heard for over 50 years.
His latest recording project is a pairing of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Fischer’s Ariadne Musica. His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means he is in demand as a lecturer. He has given talks for the Cambridge University, as well as a cycle of concert-lectures on French music, presenting composers little known to the general public, their environment, their influence and their music. This led to the recordings of the piano music of Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emmanuel.
Patrick is laureate of the international competition of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. He was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.
Patrick Hemmerlé discusses Medtner's Night Wind Sonata, part one