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Nick van Bloss plays Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Nick van Bloss (piano)
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
£20 gallery, £15 stalls, £5 student

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Diabelli Variations
Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

The pre-eminent pianist Nick van Bloss returns to the JdP for the third consecutive year after his mesmerising performances here of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata. This time, the young British pianist will perform the remarkable 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli Op. 120: Beethoven’s considered response (“in turn jocular, abrasive and serene”) to Bach’s variation set. The second half will change the focus to Beethoven’s daring early C major Piano Sonata and César Franck’s masterpiece, Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. Nick recorded the Variations along with the Appassionata Sonata on his recent Beethoven release, which has received widespread critical acclaim. Remy Franck (Pizzicato journal) awarded Nick the Supersonic Award for the record, stating that “Nick van Bloss’s playing is fluid, extremely transparent, non-sentimental, yet always gripping by its rhythmic force.” Nick’s new CD will be released later this month with works by Schumann including Kreisleriana, which he also performed here at the JdP last season.