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

June 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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).

Contemporary French repertoire forms a major part of Alexander’s programming. Since a U.K. premiére of Tristan Murail’s work in the BBCSO Total Immersion series, he has performed this repertoire in his debut recitals in the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, and the Bridgewater Hall. In 2014, he collaborated with Diego Masson performing Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles in Milton Court Concert Hall. The following year, he performed Boulez’s Dérive with David Corkhill in LSO St. Luke’s. His first album will be recorded in 2016, comprising of the solo works of Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen.

More information: www.alexander-soares.com


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.

Paris was the principal centre of surrealist activity and the focus of connections between surrealist literature, ethnology, sociology, visual arts and music. It is clear the movement had a decisive influence on major French composers such as Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen and André Jolivet.

Please register in advanced: £5 recital only, or as part of the conference registration fee.

Find out more about the conference here.

Book for the recital only here.



June 8, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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