Scriabin Sonata No 2
Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Buxton Artist-in-Residence for 2019, Peter Donohoe CBE, gave his first public recital in Buxton. He made waves by securing the joint first prize at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has recorded extensively, winning the Gramophone Magazine Concerto Recording of the year in 1988 for his recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 2, and the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Liszt's Sonata in B minor in 1993. He has worked extensively with the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle, a link which led to his appearance at Rattle’s inaugural concert as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by no fewer than seven UK universities.
For his final recital Peter Donohoe presents an all-Russian programme, including music by the neglected genius Scriabin, Tchaikovsky’s Grand Sonata and Mussorgsky’s masterful Pictures at an exhibition written in memory of the composer’s close friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky completed the score in just twenty days. It is one of the great virtuoso works in the piano repertoire, and a fitting finale to Peter Donohoe’s residency in Buxton.