The Wallace Collection is delighted to welcome back the City Music Foundation for their annual summer residency at the Museum. Join us for a lunchtime concert every weekday this week as a different musician or musical ensemble performs in the magnificent surroundings of our Great Gallery. Details of the CMF and all the artists can be found on www.citymusicfoundation.org. This series is free, with seating allocated on a first come first served basis.
Thursday 27th – Alex Soares, piano
Praised as a pianist of “huge intensity” (The Telegraph), Alexander Soares is developing a reputation as an artist of formidible technique and virtuosity, with performances of “diamond clarity and authority” (BBC Radio 3 In Tune). In 2015, his performance in the BBCSO/ BBC Radio 3 Boulez at 90 celebrations received widespread critical acclaim in the press, described as a “brilliantly unbuttoned account” (The Sunday Times) and “most memorable of all” (The Financial Times). The 2014–15 season began with a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the rarely heard piano repertoire of John Tavener, and included Alexander’s debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the latter performance applauded for its “explosive sound world, pulling out a rich array of colour and texture” (The Herald). He was awarded 1st prize and Gold Medal in the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition, and was subsequently selected as a 2015 Artist by City Music Foundation. 2016–17 highlights included returns to Wigmore Hall, West Road, Cambridge and St. James’s Piccadilly, and debuts at various festivals across the UK. Contemporary French repertoire forms a major part of Alexander’s programming. Since a UK. premiére of Tristan Murail’s work in the BBCSO Total Immersion series, he has performed this repertoire in recitals in Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, and Bridgewater Hall. He has performed Boulez’s Dérive with David Corkhill in LSO St. Luke’s. His first album recorded in 2016, comprising of the solo works of Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen, will be released in the 2017/2018 season, with full support from City Music Foundation.
Chopin Polonaise: Fantaisie Op. 61
Dutilleux: Trois Préludes
Messiaen: La fauvette passerinette
Beethoven: Sonata No 31 in A-flat Op. 110