Classical Journey Episode 129 – Rebeca is here

One of the world’s most outstanding concert pianists, Rebeca Omordia is now in Nigeria. Later today, she’d be playing at the MUSON Centre to the works of Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 30 op 109; Ayo Bankole – Piano Sonata no 2; Fred Onovwerosuoke – 24 Studies in African Rhythms; Maurice Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit; Franz Liszt – Etude de Concert in f minor; Franz Liszt – Variations on a Motif by Bach ‘Weinen, klagen’. She was on the 19th episode of Classical Journey and here’s how it was.

Răzvan Suma and Rebeca Omordia in concert

Răzvan Suma, one of Romania’s most active young musicians with a comprehensive repertoire, has performed in hundreds of recitals and concerts throughout the world, and has presented on the stage of international prestigious festivals. In addition to concerts in Romania, he sings frequently with Spanish pianist Josu Okiñena, with whom he performed in halls at Auditorio Nacional de Madrid , Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, Kursall San Sebastian and Casa da Musica in Porto.
From Stanford, John Ireland inherited a thorough knowledge of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and other German classical composers, but as a young man he was also strongly influenced by Debussy and Ravel as well as by the earlier works of Stravinsky and Bartók. From these influences, he developed his own brand of “English Impressionism”, related more closely to French and Russian models than to the folk-song style then prevailing in English music.
Like most other Impressionist composers, Ireland favoured small forms and wrote neither symphonies nor operas, although his Piano Concerto is considered among his best works.
He appeared as pianist in a recording of his Cello Sonata (1923) with cellist Antoni Sala.
Rebeca Omordia takes Ireland’s place on piano and Răzvan Suma takes Antoni Sala’s place on the cello in Ireland’s Cello Sonata. Here’s the 1st Movement.

Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia in recording

The critical plaudits that have greeted Mark Bebbington’s performances and recordings have singled him out as a British pianist of the rarest refinement and maturity. Internationally recognised as a champion of British music, in particular, Mark has recorded extensively for the SOMM ‘New Horizons’ label to unanimous critical acclaim. His last seven releases have been awarded consecutive sets of five-star reviews in BBC Music Magazine and his most recent CD where he collaborated with Rebeca Omordia, ‘The Piano Music of Vaughan Williams’ reached No. 3 in the UK Classical Charts where it remained for eight weeks. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, also known as the Tallis Fantasia, is a work for string orchestra by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was composed in 1910 and performed for the first time on 10 September that year at Gloucester Cathedral for the Three Choirs Festival. Vaughan Williams himself conducted and the composition proved to be a major success. The work takes its name from the original composer of the melody, Thomas Tallis.
Here’s Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia on Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis composed by Ralph Vaughan-Williams
So I hope you’d join me at MUSON Centre later today at 6pm to see Rebeca Omordia live.


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