'Schumann Cycle' PiecesSchumann Abegg
Featured Tour Pieces
Extracts from the Olympianist CD recorded at Wyastone Leys, Sept 4 2010.1. Schubert Impromptu in E flat Op. 90 no. 2
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Anthony Hewitt, the Olmypianist
I have a passion for the piano, sport, and travel. I have performed the piano across the world for over twenty years and in my spare time enjoy cycling out into the countryside and competing as an amateur triathlete in Olympic distance races with my brother. It was during a long training session that I wondered how I could combine the physical challenges of endurance sport with some of the philosophical and mental challenges of performing on a concert tour. Thus came the idea to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and play a recital at the end of each day. The concert tour of all concert tours!
I have also been inspired all my life by Olympians from Seb Coe to more recent heroes such as Mark Cavensish. Their dedication, determination and discipline is truly inspiration and these same qualities are needed to pursue a life in music.
Where does the word 'Olympianist' come into this?! A word play on the word Olympian and Pianist, I am a Pianist undertaking an event of Olympian proportions.
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT IN ANY WAY ASSOCIATED WITH THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
This is no ordinary Land’s End to John O’Groats tour. I want to bring music to those in isolated communities who otherwise have little opportunity to experience it, so I am bringing my own piano in a Van on which I can perform in market squares and outdoor locations. Performing VAN Beethoven!
I have commissioned composer Steven Goss to write a new work entitled 'Piano Cycle' which will receive its world premiere in Swaledale on May 19th and performed northbound on the tour. Themes from each of the five continents will form the basis of a set of studies exploring technical challenges encountered by both amateur and professional pianists.
The Romans banned the Olympics citing its overtly Carnival nature. I want to rekindle this Carnival spirit and perform a movement from Robert Schumann's 'Carnaval' on each day, in chronological order!
The programme will also include one or more of the following:
Beethoven: ‘Moonlight’ Sonata / Sonata Op. 109 / Pathetique Sonata
Schubert: Impromptu in E flat Op. 90 No. 2
Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu, Nocturnes, Barcarolle
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
A new work 'Piano Cycle' by Stephen Goss