Top pianist Clare’s recital promises to be a classic

Pianist Clare Hammond.

Pianist Clare Hammond. - Credit: Archant

The Daily Telegraph acclaimed Clare Hammond as a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ - attributes which she will be bringing to the town as part of the Sidmouth Music series of concerts.

Her recital in the Knowle Council Chamber at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday, December 13) will include works ranging from Bach to Scriabin.

Clare is no stranger to the major concert platform having played in London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh and many other venues across the country. She has broadcast on several occasions for BBC Radio 3 as well as in the Netherlands and has several recordings to her credit.

Her recital in Sidmouth begins with Bach’s Italian Concerto, part of the Klavier-Ubung, Bach’s exercises for keyboard practice from 1735, a title which rather belies its place as one of the greatest keyboard works of the Baroque.

This will be followed by Sibelius’ Five Pieces, subtitled The Trees, inspired by his love of the natural surroundings of his house on the shore of Lake Tuusula. Beethoven follows this in the form of his sonata no 8 Pathetique. This was the first of Beethoven’s sonatas to achieve universal popularity, emulated in many forms from Anglican chant to pop music.

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Clare then returns to the same period as Sibelius with Scriabin’s Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone. Usually such works are commissioned by or for artists who have suffered injury to a hand, but these two pieces are probably the result of Scriabin himself having suffered a shoulder injury in his youth.

The recital then finishes with a complete set of etudes from Frederic Chopin. His 12 Etudes Opus 25 were written in the 1830s in Paris to meet the needs of the modern piano style, providing deeper musical expression whilst addressing the challenges of technical performance.

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Tickets (£15) are available from Paragon Books in Sidmouth, Lesley’s in Budleigh Salterton, or on the door.

More information about this and other concerts in the series is available at or by ringing 01395 514618.

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