About this Event
Rachmaninoff - Preludes Op.23 vs. Mirrors of self
Villani - Ballade, the loss of a memory
The Prelude was once an improvised musical work. It offered a tempting taste of the musical possibilities and moods to come during the concert programme that followed. In this event, Rachmaninoff's Preludes are alternated with Villani's own improvisations, mirroring some of the gestures and ideas of the brilliant Russian composer.
This musical conversation invites the performer and audience to reflect on the profound impact of this music on the performer's artistic journey – sometimes what remains is just an echo while other times the mark is deeper. Music then becomes a dialogue between the pianist, the composer and the audience. It wants to answer the question: what have all these notes really taught us, musicians and listeners alike? What story is left to tell? If sounds and words would be alike what would you be saying?
Flavio Villani is an Italian-New Zealand pianist with a first-class honours Master from the University of Auckland, and a Doctoral candidate at Waikato University. The journey towards his first solo performance with an orchestra was documented in the internationally acclaimed biopic documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff available on Prime and Netflix.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
City Lit Recital Room, 1-10 Keeley St, London, United Kingdom
GBP 0.00 to GBP 12.00