The Julian Bream Trust
Andrey Lebedev (guitar) presented by The Julian Bream Trust
4th December 2014 at 7.30pm
St.John’s Smith Square, London
WITH 2 WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES
The legendary Julian Bream and his Trust, together with the young Australian Andrey Lebedev, have come together, to extend recently written repertoire for their instrument.
Amongst other things, the Julian Bream Trust was formed to present substantial and often ignored music written for the guitar, with a particular focus on new literature. Andrey Lebedev’s concert has the unusual inclusion of two world premieres of works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer, both commissioned by the Trust.
Andrey, who was personally chosen by Julian Bream for this particular concert, has been visiting Bream from time to time at his home in Wiltshire. They have collaborated closely, working through the new music as well as the more conventional works in the programme.
“Birtwistle’s piece is inspired by Picasso’s Construction with Guitar Player. It’s an immense and very dense work,” says Lebedev, “built around a short piece he wrote for his wife’s funeral and played by their son Silas. It’s a great honour for me to be giving the first public performance of a work written by one of the foremost composers of our time.”
Leo Brouwer’s Sonata No.5 Ars Combinatoria, is the second sonata he has written for Julian Bream. “It sparkles with Brouwer’s personal and richly resonant guitar writing, developed in his youth as a gifted concert guitarist and refined over decades of brilliant writing for the instrument” says Bream.
Andrey Lebedev is at present a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, partially assisted by The Julian Bream Trust and the ABRSM.
7.30pm, Thursday, 4 December, 2014
St John's Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
Andrey Lebedev guitar, presented by The Julian Bream Trust
JS Bach Partita in D minor BWV 1004
Harrison Birtwistle Beyond the White Hand - Construction with Guitar Player
Leo Brouwer Sonata No. 5 "Ars Combinatoria"
Toru Takemitsu In the Woods - Three pieces for guitar
Alberto Ginastera Sonata for Guitar, Op. 47
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