Viv McLean – piano
David Le Page – violin
Susan Porrett – reader
‘Chekhov’s Grand Piano’, 7 Star Arts’ newest mixed-genre production, interweaves music for violin and piano, including works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Le Page, with readings from the ‘The Seagull’, ‘Ivanov’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘The Three Sisters’ selected and read by actress Susan Porrett
Tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the door
There are many parallels between the works of Anton Chekhov and the music of his compatriots. Chekhov’s writing is filled with allusions to music, especially the piano, and some of the plays have piano interludes. Shostakovich noted that Chekhov’s short stories were written in sonata form. Chekhov corresponded with Tchaikovsky whom he revered and his friend Rachmaninoff played the piano in Chekhov’s summer home The White Dacha at Yalta.
“Extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet…..[Viv McLean] plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment…..” Le Monde, Paris
“[David Le Page’s] unique sense of creativity infuses everything he does. His own music has a strong personal voice, full of improvisatory flair and independence of thought – and, like his interpretations of the classical repertoire, seems driven by a deeply poetic spirit.” The Independent