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An-Ting Chang - piano recital

Tue Jun 25th 2013, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


1) Frédéric Chopin: Fantasie Op. 49
2) Franz Schubert: Impromptu D. 935 No. 3
3) Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 BWV 825
Praeludium- Allemande- Corrente- Sarabande- Menuet I- Menuet II- Gigue
4) Alexander Scriabin: Valse Op. 38

Programme Notes:-

 Fantasie Op. 49 was written in 1841, when Chopin was 31 years old. He used the title ‘fantasy’ to imply that the piece is free from all rules of composition forms in his musical expression. The music starts with a funeral-march-like introduction. The dark seriousness is mixed with the national solemnness. After swinging in the desperation, there is gradually hope revealed through the starry broken chords. The music flows into the middle section which is with the thrilling delightness. The joyful theme was repeated for three times. In between the second and the third repetition, the music changes suddently to a peaceful choral, as if the too merry mind also needs a short rest to sense the surroundings more and deeper. The Fantasie ends with the lively jubliant solemness and the ravishing excitement. 

 Impromptu in D. 935 No.3 is a theme with variations. Schubert was the most populer as a song composer in his contemporaries. The theme in this Impromptu is with a lyrical melody in Schubert’s Lieder style. The lyrical theme undergoes the softest and the gentlest first variation, the mischievious dancing second variation, the tragic and dramatic third variaion, the tumultuous and twittering fourth variaion, the suppling and wavily fifth vatriation and finally arrives the last variation with a choral ending. The texture and dynamic changes are extremely sensitive and delicate as in all Schubert’s works.

 The Partitas, BWV 825 -830, are a set of six harpsichord suites which were among Bach’s last keyboard suites to be composed (in comparison with Bach’s English and French suites). Partita No.1 in B-flat major opens the set with the bright and shinning atmosphere. The praeludim flows in a perpetual way towards an eternal direction embellished with some elegant nuances amidst the piece. The Allemande is composed with beautiful shapes and contains a variety of changes between the different passages.The Corrente is an energetic and sensitive dance. The Sarabande discloses the spiritual soul. The Menuet I secretly sounds after the Sarahbande and glitters the joyfulness. After the sacret choral of the Menuet II, the entire partita ends with the rapid and ceaseless excitement in the Gigue.

Scriabin is a Russian 20th century composer. His work is strongly influenced by Chopin’s elegance and idiosyncrasy. However, with the development of his much more dissonant musical system, the unusual harmony of his originality forms his music with a special kind of unity. With his nature of synesthesia, his music is full of individual colour. The Valse Op. 38 was written in 1903. The music is with a strong waltz rhythm and with a mysterious character. All of the expression in the music is consist of dual emotions. Even after the utmost explosion, the doubtful phrases are still hanged around until the speeding-up theme vanishes with the last bits of colour.

Artist info:- 

An-Ting Chang

Pianist/ An-Ting Chang:-

Different from most pianists, An-Ting Chang has a special background. Graduating from the best university in Taiwan (National Taiwan University) in 2007, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Drama Theatre, she then obtained Master of Music, Piano, at the Royal Academy of Music with the Maud Hornsby Award. In 2009, An-Ting Chang received DAAD scholarship to study Aufbaustudium (Advanced Study) in piano performance at the Hochschule für Musik, Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany. She is now pursuing her PhD degree in performance at the Royal Academy of Music with the support of the Taiwan Ministry of Education.

An-Ting Chang is an extremely talented pianist. She does not just play solo and chamber recitals, but she also regards concerts as creative works, and approaches them by combining with different media. Her creation of Concert Theatre was awarded the Grants for Arts from the Arts Council Engaland in 2013 and she was featured by BBC Radio 3 with an interview and live performance in 2012. The Telegraph described her work as, ‘a strange but strikingly innovative hybrid of concert-recital and drama’. The Gramophone mentioned ‘concert theatre’ as, ‘This was not a pianist offering background mood music - rather the words, their rhythm and cadence, were intricately interwoven with the score. It became something quite different to what either could achieve on their own – and was poignant and beautiful’

Chang’s concerts include performances in England, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Taiwan. Her current creative concert works include Concert with Multimedia: The Interpreters – A Poet’s Love (Germany, Taiwan) and Concert Theatre: 4.48 Psychosis, Webern’s and Gibbons Music (Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, London), Other People’s Gardens (Arcola Theatre, London) and ConcertTheatre – Sonata Movements (RAM, RADA and Blue Elephant Theatre, London). She is currently developing her new Concert Theatre projects: Tonio Kröger with Brahms’, Messiaen and Schubert’s Music, Die schöne Müllerin and The Rite of Spring with Romeo and Juliet while playing solo and chamber recitals in Europe.
antingchang at

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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