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Classical Music

Clive Swansbourne In Recital

The Houston-based pianist talks about and plays Schumann, Janáček and Ravel.



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This weekend the British-born pianist gives the second performance of a recital that features works primarily by 19th– and early 20th-century European composers: Robert Schumann, Leoš Janáček, Maurice Ravel and Alexander Scriabin. Falling outside these centuries, there’s also a piano work by Mozart.

Dating from 1788, Mozart’s Adagio in B minor, K. 540, is a stand-alone piece for solo piano, and one of only a very small number of instrumental works he wrote in the key of B minor.

Schumann’s Op. 16, Kreisleriana, written in 1838, is a “fantasy” collection of 8 pieces, often considered one of the composer’s most significant piano works.

Turning to the early 20th century, Swansbourne presents Janáček’s 4-part cycle In the Mists (1912); Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, an 8-part suite written in homage to Franz Schubert who, in 1823, had published collections of waltzes titled Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales; and Scriabin’s 2-movement Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30.

Clive Swansbourne talks to Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the recital, and we hear excerpts from his performances of the works he’s discussing.

[In the interview you’ll hear Clive playing, in order: Schumann, Kreisleriana, Op. 16 No. 5; Janáček, In the Mists, mvt. 3; and Ravel, Valses nobles et sentimentales, Nos. 6 & 7]

Clive gives the second performance of this recital, Friday, April 11th, 7.30pm, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village.  More information on Clive’s website (