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One of the festival highlights

Deutschlandfunk (Deutschlandradio), Elisabeth Richter

One oddity in the programme was presented by Simon Callaghan from England: “15 Variations and Finale” by Roger Sacheverell Coke.  This British composer (who died in 1972) you hardly find on the Internet let alone in encyclopaedias.  His demanding, not easy-listening variations were played by Simon Callaghan with wonderful clarity.

Callaghan was featured in the “Young Explorers” series.  He also performed humorous and intelligently-arranged melodies of Richard Rodgers, by Stephen Hough.

Above all, the incredible charm and delicacy, the rhythmic precision and especially the wealth of nuances show Simon Callaghan as cultured, technically flawless, but always touching piano playing to be remembered.  This concert was – already at the beginning of this year’s Rarities of Piano Music Festival – one of the festival highlights.

Musik: Roger Sacheverell Coke, 15 Variations & Finale op. 37

Eine Skurrilität hatte hier Simon Callaghan aus England im Programm: “15 Variationen und Finale” von Roger Sacheverell Coke. Diesen, 1972 verstorbenen britischen Komponisten findet man kaum im Internet geschweige denn in Lexika. Seine anspruchsvollen, nicht leicht zu hörenden Variationen spielte Simon Callaghan mit wunderbarer Klarheit.

Callaghan stellte sich in Husum ebenfalls in der Reihe “Young Explorers” vor. Er präsentierte auch von Stephen Hough ebenso witzig wie intelligent arrangierte Musical-Melodien von Richard Rodgers.

Musik: Stephen Hough, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Transcriptions, The March of the Siamese Children

Vor allem bleiben der unglaubliche Charme und die Delikatesse, die rhythmische Präzision und besonders der Reichtum an Anschlagsnuancen bei Simon Callaghans kultiviertem, technisch makellosem, aber immer berührenden Klavierspiel in Erinnerung. Dieses Konzert kann man schon zu Beginn der diesjährigen Raritäten der Klaviermusik zu einem der Festival-Höhepunkte küren.

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