Victor Poltoratsky’s complete cycle of 24 Preludes & Fugues, performed for the first time in the UK by Chetham’s talented young pianists.
The outstanding Russian composer-pianist Viktor Poltoratsky was born in 1949 and died at the tragically young age of 36 in 1985. His teachers included Tatiana Nikolaeva (piano) and Dmitri Kabalevsky (composition). His cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues contains a huge variety of characterisation and mood. There is an abundance of popular material, including motifs from television programmes, Russian songs, Argentinian tango, urban songs from Odessa, children’s cartoon films and even the first sonata of Beethoven! As well as performing and composing, Poltoratsky was one of the founders of Vladimir Spivakov’s famous ‘Moscow virtuosi’ orchestra and made over 100 arrangements for the orchestra to perform, including the 24 piano preludes by Shostakovich.
£5.45 for audiences aged 65+, students and under 19s