It has been a year since the last Newsletter, and what a
year it has been.....
ARTISTIC SERIES 'BRAHMS PLUS' for WIGMORE HALL
Jonathan continued his successful series with 'a striking
piano recital' according to The Times, featuring Brahms and
Saturday 28 December of which the Seen and Heard
International critic wrote:
His next two concerts in March and July were cancelled,
but Jonathan features in the Wigmore Hall's 2020 Autumn
Season programme to be streamed live online, on
October, when he will continue his Brahms Plus Series, with
works by Brahms and Chopin.
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A short concert tour of Polish venues will follow in
late September, and the project will culminate in the
world recording premiere release in November and two
celebratory concerts in Poznan on 13th and 14th November.
CONCERTS & WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING Poland 2020
After a summer of cancelled engagements, like all
musicians, Jonathan is looking forward to getting back onto
the concert stage and this Autumn he has a particularly exciting
concert and recording project
lined up in Poland with the Poznan Philharmonic under their
resident conductor Lukasz Borowicz.
project features the music of Michał Bergson, a 19th-century
Polish composer of Jewish origin, born exactly two hundred years
ago. The Bergson family, including many eminent
merchants and bankers, played a significant role in shaping
the face of Warsaw for many generations. Michał
Bergson spent a large part of his career in Paris, he
married the daughter of a family from Doncaster (where
Jonathan himself was born!), and eventually lived in London.
The direct inspiration for the project was the
discovery of Michał Bergson's original 1862 manuscript,
Concerto Symphonique pour Piano avec Orchester, Op. 62 in a
London second hand bookshop which was subsequently bought by
the Poznań Philharmonic. A CD of the
Concerto, plus other pieces for orchestra, solo piano,
clarinet and soprano will be recorded at the beginning of September.
A short film was made showing the
preparation for recording the album with contributions by Łukasz
Borowicz (in Polish) and Jonathan (in English):
A few days later, on 20th November Jonathan
will perform the Tansman Piano Concerto no.2
with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdansk.
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