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Tedeschi & Rothschild-Riddle Duo

08 Oct 2015

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By Jack Hayes

October marks the return of internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi to the Melbourne Recital Centre to celebrate the release of his latest recording and national concert tour.

Tedeschi, one of Australia’s leading pianists, is embarking on the monumental task of tackling one of the greatest works in keyboard literature, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

“When I was asked by the ABC to record this work, I could scarcely wait to sink my teeth into it. Like any iconic piece, it is so famous because it traverses the centuries and transfixes us with its pertinence to the struggles, conflicts and fixations we face today,” he said.

As part of a quintessentially all-Russian program, Tedeschi also performs Tchaikovsky’s delightful and innocent Album for the Young, and Prokofiev’s altogether darker Visions Fugitives.

“Its amazing [performing Pictures at an Exhibition]. Russia is the centre for classical music. It is the indigenous music,” he said.

Often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world, Simon Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia including the iconic Carnegie Hall, and for world leaders including George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.

Bringing his own magic to these works, Tedeschi promises an unforgettable evening of iconic, Russian classical music described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “true greatness”.

Tedeschi’s vast works includes acclaimed recordings of concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and solo albums Gershwin and Me and Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth, all making the top five in the ARIA and Limelight Classical Charts.

He is also featured on the Oscar-winning film Shine where he played the hands of acclaimed pianist David Helfgott.

Tedeschi will be performing Thursday, October 8 in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Along with Tedeschi, the Rothschild-Riddle duo will also grace the stages of the Melbourne Recital Centre to continue an already masterful spring schedule.

The duo will be using over a decade of experience together to wow crowds as part of the Salon: Solo Series.

Marianne Rothschild (violin) and Glenn Riddle (piano) perform a variety of musical styles composed especially for them by Melbourne composers Linda Kouvaras, Stuart Greenbaum and William James Schmidt from their recently released CD The Sky is Melting.

Although it is their maiden performance at the Recital Centre as a duo, Rothschild explained they were incredibly comfortable together on stage.

“It’s a very easy relationship musically. It is an absolute privilege to work with a pianist of the caliber of Glenn,” Rothschild said.

The duo will be performing on the Salon stage Wednesday, November 11.

For further information and booking head to www.melbournerecital.com.au

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