MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS
Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra
World famous Japanese pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi
Bruno Campo (conductor)
Hiroaki Takenouchi (piano)
Daniël Spies (flute)
Friday 20 September 19:00
Sunday 22 September 15:00
at Brooklyn Theatre
The Gauteng Philharmonic is now an established professional orchestra, based at Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria, for all of six years. The monthly concerts, feature the most popular symphonic repertoire, overtures and concertos for various solo instruments. Apart from the top class South African conductors and soloists, collaborations with international embassies, are a regular occurence, facilitating visits by outstanding musicians and conductors from abroad. This is all presented to the SA community by way of affordable ticket prices.
The opening concert of this year’s Gaufestival is a veritable feast of Mozart’s most attractive works. It opens with the evergreenCosi fan tutte Overture followed by the romanticAndante for Flute & Orchestra featuring the brilliant young flautist, Daniël Spies(12) as soloist. Then follows the magical Piano Concerto no. 24 with Hiroaki Takenouchibehind the keys on the Brooklyn Theatre Steinway. After interval follows one Mozart’s shortest, yet most charming symphonies, namely the Symphony no. 23, also sometimes referred to as an Overture.
The final work on the programme is one of the Mozart’s best known piano concertos namely number Piano Concerto no. 20, with a slow movement much in the same league as the slow movement of the21st Piano Concerto (Elvira Madigan Theme).
Overture – Cosi fan tutte
Andante for Flute and Orchestra
Soloist: Daniël Spies
Piano Concerto no 24 in C minor
Symphony no. 23
Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor
|Block A (Adult) – R450||Block B (Adult) – R360|
|Block A (Senior) – R400||Block B (Senior)- R310|
|Block C (Row P, Q, R) – R180|
Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Hiroaki Takenouchi – Bio
Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists. His love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.
As a soloist, Takenouchi has appeared on many concert platforms including Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City and the South Bank Centre. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada. His more unusual recent projects include: a recital for the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany), a BBC Four documentary The Prince and the Composer on the life and music of Parry alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, and BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week, for which Hiroaki recorded solo piano works by Sterndale Bennett (broadcast in April 2016) and Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (broadcast in February 2017).
Takenouchi’s discography includes Schumann & Sterndale Bennett (Artalinna), Haydn: 4 Sonatas (Artalinna), Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT), as well as world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). Upcoming recordings in 2019 include two-piano arrangements of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony and of piano sonatas by Chopin and Liszt for Lyrita, as part of the Parnassius Piano Duo with Simon Callaghan. The duo has also recorded works by Percy Sherwood and Parry (Lyrita), and two-piano arrangements of Delius’s orchestral works (SOMM).
The Russian composer Georgy Catoire’s music is somewhat neglected today but Takenouchi is a passionate advocate of his Piano Concerto and recorded the work with Martin Yates and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Their recording was released in 2012 on Dutton Epoch along with Percy Sherwood’s Piano Concerto, in another world première recording, which garnered excellent reviews in the press. Towards the end of 2016 Takenouchi went on to give the modern-day première of the Piano Concerto with London Phoenix Orchestra, the first performance since its première in 1920 at The Proms.
At the end of 2018, Takenouchi was invited to become a Blüthner artist, and he has recently embarked on his latest project, to perform all the piano sonatas by Mozart (UK and South Africa) and Medtner (UK) in the coming seasons.
Takenouchi teaches piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). He also returns every summer to give masterclasses at the Ingenium International Music Academy (UK).