The Mahler Piano Series features a wide variety of musical styles that influenced Mahler, as well as the bulk of his symphonic music arranged for solo piano.
Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Iain Farrington explores the European musical melting pot of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring exceptional singers performing in an intimate salon venue from the period, this is a unique and remarkable exploration of Mahler’s musical world.
On Angels' Wings
In his Second Symphony, Mahler portrays a dramatic and triumphant journey from death to resurrection. Many of the musical influences heard in the Symphony are explored in this concert: the nobility of Beethoven, the grace of a country dance, the exoticism of Jewish klezmer and the ecstatic harmonies of Wagner. Mahler's Totenfeier is performed as well as his own songs that were to feature in the Symphony. Continuing the theme of human mortality, there follows a sequence of songs from the late 19th century that displays the various perspectives on death and religion: from bitter regret to blissful serenity.
Beethoven Sonata in A flat major, 1st mvt
Trad. Weinsteirer Landler
Trad. Dem Rebns Nign
Wagner Die Erlösung (Redemption) from Parsifal
Mahler (arr. Farrington) Totenfeier
Mahler Wo die schönen Trompetten
Schumann Das ist ein Floten und Geigen
Mahler Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Klopstock Die Auferstehung
Bruckner Ave Maria
Wagner Der Engel
Brahms O Tod wie bitter bist du
Elgar The Angel's Farewell
Iain has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. Iain has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at all the major UK venues, as well as in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Iain has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Lesley Garrett, Paul McCartney and gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three. He has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces, including several orchestral works for the BBC Proms. Iain has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, instrumental and choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire (including much Mahler) are regularly performed around the world, and he has arranged and performed all of Elgar's symphonies on the piano.
Born in Leicestershire, of Ukrainian descent, Rozanna studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She was a member of the Royal Academy Opera and Academy Song Circle, where she was recipient of The Karaviotis Scholarship, The Sir Charles Mackerras Award and The Carr-Gregory Trust Award. Rozanna was awarded The Karaviotis Prize at Les Azuriales Young Artist Competition, Nice, France, and attended the Solti Accademia in Castiglione della Pescaia. She was awarded a place on the prestigious Young Artist Platform at The Oxford Lieder Festival. Since then, she has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Holywell Music Room, Kings Place, the Prokofiev Hall at the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg Philharmonic. She was worked with numerous opera companies and ensembles, including Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Birmingham Opera Company, Garsington Opera, British Youth Opera, Sinfonia d’Amici, Stanley Opera, Melos Sinfonia and Counterpoise.