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The repertoire of the piano is vast, but few pianists reflect that fact more than Kathryn Stott, who has proven herself at home in the French classics, tango and contemporary music as well as Chopin and Liszt. Her playing is distinguished by a remarkable rhythmic drive, no doubt nourished by her continuing love and exploration of South American music. Stott joins us at ANAM in October for two Season Concerts, La Valse and Porgy and Bess Fantasy (plus more!), but before she arrives we asked her to share with us her ideas around rhythm and the music of Ravel.

On Rhythm…
“I think rhythm has become more and more important in my playing as time has gone on. In the early part of my career, I know I played with much more rubato and often waited around in the music far too much. However, after working with members of Piazzolla’s Quintet and other musicians from Latin America, I learnt to think about rhythm in a different way. In tango music, it’s actually pretty strict and I remember the double bass player often played my left hand part with me. He had to teach me how to be ruthlessly strict with the tempo. Eventually this had an effect on everything I played, of course adapted to the music I played at the time, but perhaps the important point is that my emphasis on always putting sound quality first, changed forever. With students, I encourage them to think about pulse – it’s amazing how this so often doesn’t factor in their thoughts. Then we look for a balance of tempo and freedom – that’s the hard part – to find where the flow of the music seems natural and at one with the performer. We are all different and our internal rhythms vary, so it’s each to their own in the end. We’ll be playing lots of two-piano repertoire together in the upcoming ANAM concerts, so we’ll have to meet in the middle and both feel good without compromising the other.
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On Ravel…
“I first encountered music by Ravel as a very young student at the Yehudi Menuhin School and through lessons with Vlado Perlemuter who had studied with the composer. From the beginning I was drawn to the translucent qualities, the sometimes sparse narrative, or the lushness of let’s say Daphnis and Chloe. His music is at times also very brilliant as you will hear in La Valse or moments of the Concerto in G but Ravel’s ability to create such simple beauty as in the 2nd movement of the Concerto is something extraordinary. Years ago, I sat down at the piano he composed that piece on and played a few notes – it was a very emotional experience.”

LA VALSE
TUE 20 OCTOBER 11AM

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune (arr. for 2 pianos)
POULENC Sonata for 2 pianos
ADAMS Hallelujah Junction
RAVEL La valse (arr. for 2 pianos)

Kathryn Stott piano
ANAM Pianists

Venue South Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets All $27

Performance to be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists

PORGY & BESS FANTASY
FRI 23 OCTOBER 7PM

RAVEL Jeux d’eau
RAVEL Sonatine
RACHMANINOFF Suite no. 2 (for 2 pianos)
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess fantasy (for 2 pianos)
RAVEL Piano concerto in G major

Kathryn Stott piano
Jessica Cottis conductor
ANAM Pianists

ANAM Orchestra

Venue South Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets Full $55 Sen $40 Conc $30

Book your tickets online at anam.com.au or over the phone 03 9645 7911

Kathryn Stott will also be joining ANAM for a special Soundbite: The Planets and In Conversation With… It’s going to be great and we can’t wait to have her at ANAM!

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