Sunday 7 October 2018 3PM

KHACHATURIAN – Masquerade Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano concerto No1
TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No6 (Pathetique)

Soloist: Freddy Kempf (piano)
Conductor: Roderick Dunk

We open our 2018-2019 season with an all Russian programme of well known and popular works. Our first concert starts with Aram Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite – a selection by the composer from incidental music he wrote for a play of the same name. The Waltz from the Suite is justly famous, and Khachaturian worked hard at it to find, as he said, a theme which was both “beautiful and new”.

Freddy Kempf, our piano soloist, has performed a number of times in Tunbridge Wells and we are delighted to have him back to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. The grand opening of this work is one of the most recognisable of all concertos and, despite criticism from the Russian music establishment when it first appeared, it quickly became very popular and is today one of the most performed of all piano concertos.

We end with Tchaikovsky’s last symphony, his deeply moving Symphony No 6, the Pathétique, whose premiere took place just days before his death.


Freddy Kempf (piano)

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Dutoit, Petrenko, Davis, Sinaisky, Chailly, Tortelier, Sawallisch, Buribayev and Simonov, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.

Most recent concerti highlights include appearances with Taiwan National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic, in addition to an extensive twelve date tour with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra across the UK for which he received critical acclaim: ‘Kempf is a pianist in a million… the incredible definition of Rachmaninov’s inner filigree which emerges all the clearer for a refusal to use the sustaining pedal to blur the sound… his colossal
but perfect weight simply stuns. (The Arts Desk)’