Raphael Wallfisch and Peter Donohoe get together again to give a cello and piano recital at the Petworth Festival on July 29. As part of a tour to celebrate their mutual 60th birthdays, this promises to be a great collaboration - see this review of a recent performance of the same repertoire: Review The program includes Rachmaninov's extraordinary Cello Sonata - one of the composer's most tuneful works, with a piano part described by Vladimir Ashkenazy as even more difficult than any of Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos (P.D. doesn't necessarily agree....) More
Peter Donohoe gives an afternoon recital at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester on the 27th of July at 14.30 h, in a magnificent Romantic program comprising Schumann's Abegg Variations and Fantasy Opus 17, Liszt's transcription of the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and Liszt's Sonata in B minor.More information and tickets please find here.
Between July 19 and 26 former president Peter Donohoe will give four concerts at the Fishguard International Festival of Music - Gwyl Gerdd Ryngwladol Abergwaun - to celebrate his 60th birthday: July 19 at 19:30 h Rachmaninov's Second Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Festival President Maestro Owain Arwell Hughes CBE in the magnificent cathedral at St Davids. Further details July 21 at 14:30 h Afternoon recital at the beautiful concert hall of Ross-Y-Gilwen Mansion. Program consists of: Mozart Sonata
On 18 July Peter Donohoe will make a welcome return to the Kings Lynn Festival, giving a recital of great Romantic works - Schumann - Abegg Variations Opus 1 Schubert - Impromptus Opus 142 Brahms - Three pieces Opus 117 Liszt - Sonata in B Minor Please find more details and information here and here.
The first of three CDs devoted to the complete piano sonatas of Prokofiev is released this month with independent classical label Somm. Containing the first five of the composer's remarkable cycle of some of the most original and diverse piano works of the Twentieth Century, and including Peter Donohoe's own sleeve notes, this recording has already received extraordinary critical acclaim. For example, Scotland's leading critic, Michael Tumelty, writes here: "This is Prokofiev as you have not heard him." Peter Donohoe regards the first five
Peter Donohoe is writing an amusing summary about how classical musicians are presented on the screen - please find his newest blog entry here.
Later in the month Peter Donohoe returns to his beloved Russia to perform Rachmaninov's immense Piano Concerto No.3 once more. This time at the 'Music of Rachmaninov' Festival in the wonderful new Moscow International Musical Arts Centre Grand Hall, on the 20th March with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.
Peter Donohoe returns to one of the very first works he performed when he was twelve - the wonderful and unique Grieg Piano Concerto. He will play this work twice with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - in Hull City Hall (one of the best concert halls anywhere) and at the Wycombe Swan Theatre.
March 6 Hull City Hall - link
March 10 Wycombe Swan - link