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An independent festival on the Fringe of Brecon Baroque

Friday, 27 October 2017 at 3pm
Cantref Church, Brecon LD3 8LR


Radiant Venice

solo harpsichord recital
Merulo, Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Bach and Scarlatti

Solo harpsichord recital exploring how Venetian style influenced, or “radiated” into the works of other composers of keyboard music, who either lived there, visited or studied compositions from Venice. “Radiant” also refers to “La Serenissima” (“the brightest”), adjective used for the Republic of Venice.

Programme to include:

Claudio Merulo (1533-1604)
Susanne un jour
from Canzoni d’intavolatura d’organo fatte alla francese, Book 3

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Cento partite sopra Passacagli
from Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo, libro primo
(Rome, 1615, revised 1637)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Variations upon Onder een linde groen

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637/39 – 1707)
Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 163

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 972
(arr. of Vivaldi’s Concerto RV 230)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata K.27 in B minor
Sonata K.141 in D minor [Toccata]

Duration approx. 1 hour

Pawel Siwczak is a solo harpsichordist, fortepianist & historical keyboard specialist, winner of the 8th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition (2007), the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize (2006, Musica Britannica) and the award of the Minister of Culture of Poland (‘Mloda Polska’ 2009).

In 2004 Pawel completed his postgraduate piano studies with Elzbieta Tarnawska at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he also studied harpsichord with Wladyslaw Klosiewicz.

Pawel studied harpsichord & fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music with Carole Cerasi and clavichord & continuo with Terence Charlston and in 2008 was awarded a Master of Music degree (with distinction) and a special prize for an outstanding final recital (DipRAM). He was a Junior Fellow at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.

Pawel combines his solo concert career with experience as a chamber musician and continuo player, also conducting from the harpsichord. He has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The King’s Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Retrospect Ensemble, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and others conducted by Sir Mark Elder, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington. His touring activities took him to Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.

Pawel recorded for the BBC Early Music Show with soprano Rachel Nicholls and appeared many times on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. His CDs include Bach arranging and arranged and Bach and his Rivals, with The Bach Players (2008) and Stephen Dodgson’s music for guitar and harpsichord (2009).

Inspired by Wanda Landowska “shaking prejudices” Pawel always strives to engage with his audience and to communicate his enjoyment of harpsichord music to contemporary listeners.




£12 Adults 
Free for under 18s

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