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Ian Pace performs Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus ("Twenty contemplations on the infant Jesus"), Olivier Messiaen's monumental cycle for solo piano on the imagery of the nativity. Written during the liberation of Paris in 1944, the piece moves between the serene, the profound and the ecstatic, reflecting Messiaen's unique approach to piano sonority, harmony and rhythm.
Dr Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde. Based in London since 1993, he has pursued an active international career, performing in 24 countries and at most major European venues and festivals. His vast repertoire of all periods focuses particularly upon music of the 20th and 21st Century. He has given world premieres of over 250 piano works.
He has played with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach (with whom he premiered and recorded Dusapin’s piano concerto À Quia), the SWF Orchestra in Stuttgart under Rupert Huber, and the Dortmund Philharmonic under Bernhard Kontarsky (with whom he gave a series of very well-received performances of Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand).
He has recorded nearby 40 CDs, including Michael Finnissy's five-and-a-half hour The History of Photography in Sound (of which he gave the world premiere in London in 2001). Forthcoming recordings will include the piano works of Brian Ferneyhough, the Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez, and John Cage’s Music of Changes.
He is Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Performance at City University, London, having previously held positions at the University of Southampton and Dartington College of Arts. His areas of academic expertise include 19th century performance practice (especially relating to the music of Liszt and Brahms), modernist aesthetics, the Frankfurt School of thought, contemporary performance practice and issues, music and culture under fascism, the post-1945 avant-garde, in particular in West Germany, and issues of critical musicology and musicological method.
He has contributed to and co-edited a number of monographs and volumes, the most recent of which was Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts, co-edited with Nigel McBride, (Routledge, 2019). Writing on Contemporary Musicians and Writing about Contemporary Artists in Theory and Practice, both co-edited with Christopher Wiley, will appear in early 2020, as well as Rethinking Contemporary Musicology: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity, Skills and Deskilling, co-edited with Peter Tregear. Other forthcoming publications include monographs on music in the Weimar Republic and post-war Germany, a book on Brahms performance practice, and a history of specialist musical education in Britain.
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6.00pm - 8.30pmFriday 13th December 2019
Ian Pace: Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus