Surrealism and Music in France, 1924-1952: Alexander Soares Recital

Surrealism and Music in France, 1924-1952: Alexander Soares Recital
8 June 2018, 5.30pm - 6.45pm
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The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Join us for a piano recital of relevant French repertoire by the outstanding young pianist Alexander Soares.

Praised as a pianist of “huge intensity” (The Telegraph), Alexander Soares is developing a reputation as an artist of formidable 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).

Since a UK premiére of Tristan Murail’s work in the BBCSO Total Immersion series, contemporary French repertoire has formed a major part of Alexander’s programming, including his debut recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and the Bridgewater Hall. In 2014 he collaborated with Diego Masson in Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles at Milton Court Concert Hall. The following year, he performed Boulez’s Dérive with David Corkhill at LSO St. Luke’s. His debut album, Notations and Sketches, featuring solo works by Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen, will be released in 2018.

More information:


André Jolivet: Piano Sonata no. 1
Olivier Messiaen: Île de feu 1
Olivier Messiaen: Prélude (1964)
Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations
Pierre Boulez: Une page d’éphéméride

The recital forms part of a conference, organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. The links between surrealism and the emerging disciplines of ethnology and ethnomusicology redefined the concept of exoticism in France and were the subject of a good deal of polemical debate. However, connections between surrealism and music have been little explored. This conference initiates a transdisciplinary and international dialogue and will situate music at the heart of these debates. Find out more about the conference here.

This event is organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics translingual strand, with support from the Cassal Trust Fund. You can find out more about the OWRI project by visiting our website or following us on Twitter.

Please register in advance: £5 


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