Saturday 15 October 2016

Wanda Landowska tribute

The great Polish-French harpsichordist Wanda Landowska is remembered in a recital on Sunday 16 October 2016. Harpsichordist Katarzyna Kowalik pays a tribute to legendary harpsichordist at the Polish Hearth Club, 55 Princes Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 2PN. The concert features some of Landowska's favourite pieces, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francois Couperin and others, as well as some of her own compositions.

Landowska played a large role in reviving the harpsichord in the early 20th century. She collected older harpsichords, and had custom-built modern versions of the instrument made. Her favourite being a large-scale instrument made by Pleyel. She was the first person to record Bach's Goldberg Variations on harpsichord (in 1933), as well as having important music written for her by Poulenc and Manuel de Falla, 

Katarzyna was highly commended in the final of the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, and was member of the Handel House Talent scheme in 2015, a new scheme to further the career development of promising young professional baroque music performers.

Full information from the Polish Hearth Club wbsite

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