About Clare Hammond: Piano Pioneers

Credit: © Phillip Gatward

Clare Hammond piano

Montgeroult Études Nos 62, 66, 67, 103, 82, 104, 101, 107 18'
Ravel Miroirs 30'
Beethoven Sonata No 8 in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’ 20'
Coleridge-Taylor Thata Nabandji, Deep River, The Bamboula from 24 Negro Melodies 10'
Albéniz Cádiz (El Puerto), Evocación, Triana from Iberia 15'

Pianist Clare Hammond presents a recital of musical pioneers who advanced the music of their time. Eight years younger than Mozart, Hélène de Montgeroult established a style that paved the way for the music of the Romantic generation and has been described as ‘the missing link between Mozart and Chopin’. Beethoven’s Sonata ‘Pathétique’, a key work in the development of the early Romantic style, complements her vision. In 24 Negro Melodies, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor drew from the traditional African music of his heritage and combined it with the classical tradition. Isaac Albéniz does the same in Iberia, a musical picture of his native Spain, echoes of which can also be heard in Ravel’s beautiful and evocative Miroirs.