In this recital Cédric Tiberghien continues his journey through sets of variations by Beethoven and Schumann. Beethoven’s Venni amore
set of 24 variations on a banal theme by Vincenzo Righini was composed when he was only twenty-one and is clearly a young virtuoso showing off his talents. George Benjamin is best known for his opera Written on Skin.
was written in 2001 for his friend Pierre-Laurent Aimard and has been described as the first major piano work of the 21st century. It is a sequence of six short movements designed to build into a single cumulative structure. Each of the components is a different kind of canon, though not always a canon as we would recognise it. Schumann’s set takes its theme from the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. It is an early work that he returned to many times but never finished.