Pascal Rogé & Ami Rogé piano
Debussy Petite Suite (4 hands)*
Satie Gymnopedie No 1 (solo); Gnossienne No 3 (solo)
Debussy 12 Preludes from Book 1 & 2 (solo); La Mer (4 hands)*
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole (4 hands)*
The music of Erik Satie has truly transcended the classical genre to become almost universally recognised and enjoyed. Those dreamlike piano compositions, created during his time as a café pianist in Montmarte, have a distinct and restrained beauty, and the chance to hear them performed by someone who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost interpreter of Satie’s works is one that shouldn’t be missed. For this concert in celebration of his 150th Anniversary, Rogé combines a selection of Satie’s most famous works with those by other French composers who have been influenced by him.
Pascal Rogé has sustained an injury to his right hand which has caused some technical issues and will prevent him from performing a full-length solo recital. He is very much looking forward to being back at St George’s and has created a substitute programme for our evening. A significant part of the concert remains unchanged, however he will now be joined by his wife, the pianist Ami Rogé, with whom he will perform a number of pieces by Debussy and Ravel for 4 hands. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope you will agree that we can look forward to a wonderful evening of French music.