Out of the Shadows

Friday, 8 April 2016

Premiere of Peter Seabourne's Piano Concerto No. 2 in Prague

Kristina Stepasjukova with the Academy Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ondrej Vrabec at the Martinu Hall in the Lichtenstein Palace, Prague
Kristina Stepasjukova with the Academy Orchestra
of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ondrej Vrabec
at the Martinu Hall in the Lichtenstein Palace, Prague
Amongst the YouTube links I receive by email as calling cards, one arrived the other day from a composer called Peter Seabourne who is now based in my home county of Lincolnshire. The video on YouTube is for the first performance of Seabourne's Piano Concerto No. 2 which was performed by the pianist Kristina Stepasjukova with the Academy Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Ondrej Vrabec on 12 March 2016 at the Martinu Hall in the Liechtenstein Palace (now part for the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague. Lasting some 30 minutes, the concerto is a striking work with a highly decorative and elaborate piano part and writing which hovers on the edge of tonality.

Peter Seabourne is an intriguing figure, born in 1960 he studied with Robin Holloway and David Blake, but took a 12 year hiatus from composing feeling dissociated from the contemporary music around him. He started writing again in the early years of this century and has had number of works, particularly for piano, released on disc. Judging by the piano concerto (which you can see after the break), he has a very distinct and intriguing voice.




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