South Waikato Music Society

Richard Mapp

Richard Mapp piano

Saturday 8 September 2018 2.30pm

The Plaza, Kensington St, Putaruru

Adults $25
Members $20
Students Free
Door Sales Only


BACH | Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Minor, Book 1, BWV 849
KENNETH YOUNG | Catharsis (from Five Pieces for Piano)
SCHUBERT | Three Piano Pieces D.946
CHOPIN | Nocturne in C Minor, op. 48, no. 1
MESSIAEN | Première communion de la vierge
BRAHMS | Seven Fantasies, op. 116


Richard Mapp is a well-known pianist who has toured many times for Chamber Music NZ, performed with the major orchestras and appeared as Chamber Music partner with the NZ String Quartet and other leading musicians in this country. He has recorded six CDs and is frequently heard on RNZ Concert.

After study at Canterbury and Otago Universities with Maurice Till, Richard became a student of Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he later held a teaching fellowship. While based in London and Italy, Richard performed widely in Europe, and gave six recitals at the Wigmore Hall and recorded for BBC Radio 3.

In 1991 he returned to NZ to live, initially in the Far North where he co-founded the Bay of Islands Arts Festival. From 2000-2010 he was Senior Lecturer at the Massey Conservatorium in Wellington, and is now an Artist Teacher at the NZ School of Music. Richard has enjoyed deputising at the Universities of Canterbury and Waikato, and is an experienced adjudicator and dedicated teacher.

Featuring a range of seminal works from the invention of Bach to Messiaen's beautiful meditation on biblical themes, this concert will be a piano lovers fantasy. From the lush and Romantic music of Brahms to the poetic grief of Chopin's Nocturne the programme explores the full range and power of the piano. In another favourite of the repertoire Schubert is by turns stormy and playful in his delightful set of three pieces for piano, while Catharis by well-known New Zealand composer Kenneth Young takes the listener from stillness to furious agitation and a return to sonorous solemnity.

“The Nocturne heard today [op. 48, no. 1] is undoubtedly the most powerful and dramatic of those that Chopin wrote. It begins by evoking the world of a tragic aria by Chopin's beloved Bellini, and then develops into a virtuosic rhapsody in which the first theme is restated agitato, with lush chordal writing.” Richard Mapp

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand | Regional Series 2018

LISTEN and Watch - from Richard’s Album profiling Granados


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