The Buffalo Chamber Music Society has a gift for you – a free recital on Feb. 7 by Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Lebhardt, who is 22, is warming up for his debut this spring at Wigmore Hall, the prestigious venue in London, England.
On his visit to Buffalo he will be playing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 16 in G and ending with Liszt’s hallucinogenic Sonata in B Minor. In between comes a surprise – the Sonata No. 2 (“Notturno luminoso”) by the British pianist Stephen Hough. You can hear Hough performing this piece on YouTube. It’s 16 minutes long and full of drama.
Hough wrote humorously about the sonata on his unpretentious and entertaining blog on Britain’s Telegraph website. He writes, in part, that it is about “the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears or the disturbing dreams which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb.” (One reader commented, with typical British understatement, “Let’s see if this works or not.”)
Needless to say, live performances of this piece are rare. And you do not have to pay for this one, because Lebhardt’s recital is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community series. Lebhardt takes the stage at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is free and tickets are not needed. For info, call 462-4939.