A fascinating mixed-genre concert combining music and painting with Anthony Hewitt (Piano) and illustrations by Klára Smith (artist).
Preludes by Skryabin, Rachmaninov and Debussy. ‘Pictures at an exhibition’ by Mussorgsky.
To mark this year’s 100th anniversary of the death of Russian composer Alexander Skryabin, pianist Anthony Hewitt recorded his complete Preludes and here he performs some of his favourites, alongside Skryabin’s more famous successor, Sergei Rachmaninov. Debussy was an admirer of Mussorgsky, whose masterpiece ‘Pictures at an exhibition’ was inspired by the posthumous exhibition of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann. Especially commissioned for this project, artist Klára Smith has drawn ten contemporary takes on each scene/movement in the form of exquisite paper cut-outs. These creations have been digitised and will be projected in the form of still-life images and animated tours of the designs during the performance.
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists and since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington DC, has enjoyed a prolific performing career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the USA and in the UK with the english Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.