TEACHERS CONCERT 2020
The Teachers Concert 2020 will feature Gustav Holst’s The Planets for piano four hands.
The second event of Hampstead Piano Academy’s 2019/2020 concert series will be a fantastic opportunity for the students to listen to their mentors performing at the Burgh House on Sunday 17th May.
Teachers Concert 2020.
Gustav Holst: The Planets
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets (1918) [50’]
Mars, the Bringer of War.
Venus, the Bringer of Peace.
Mercury, the Winged Messenger.
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age.
Uranus, the magician.
Neptune, the Mystic
Programme notes for The Planets.
The blood red colour was associated with the god of the War. The great dissonant chords of Mars clearly contrast with the lyricism and calmness of Venus; goddess of love and the bringer of peace, its beautiful brightness is sometimes visible at dusk.
Mercury, the fastest planet and also the closest to the Sun, was named after the Roman messenger. Flying around, it lands on a giant planet, Jupiter, which represents the greatest roman god.
The aged appearance of Saturn’s rings resembles the god of time. He brings the old age and a philosophic vision of an inevitable future.
Symbolising the celestial blue colour, Urano, the magician, takes us to the confines of the Solar System, where the female chorus of Neptune, god of freshwater and the sea, leads to a boundless infinity.
Ahijado – Pagán Piano Duo.
Recently awarded First Prize of the International Music Competition “Salzburg and Amsterdam” Grand Prize Virtuoso.
Based in London since 2015, the Ahijado-Pagán Piano Duo was established during their Master’s studies at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where they worked with professors such as Dina Parakhina, Mikhail Kazakevich or Angel Sanzo.
Since then, their career as a duo has taken Mario Ahijado and Angela Pagan to perform in many venues across Europe such as The Wiener Saal (Salzburg), Blackheath Halls (London) or Sociedad Economica de Amigos del Pais de Jaen (Spain) to name a few.
Furthermore, they have also performed in festivals like MusaE or CoLaB, where they collaborated with dancers and other artists to showcase the full performance of Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Suites for piano four hands.
Among other projects and pieces, their repertoire includes works such as The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky and their own arrangement of El Amor Brujo by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.
Do not miss this opportunity to listen to Gustav Holst’s The Planets at the Teachers Concert 2020. Get your tickets below.