Music from Leipzig
Situated on the intersection between two major medieval trade routes, Leipzig became one of the most important cultural cities in Europe, famous for its music and publishing houses. Many great composers flourished writing for its churches, publishers and musical amateurs, and this piano recital illustrates what a rich diversity of music was born there.
The inspiration for recording this CD was threefold: I have toured to Leipzig many times and sung in its beautiful Gewandhaus concert hall and St Thomas Church under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner. I was curious to find out more about the city which I love, and found that it was, and still is, a great musical hub with rich resources on which to draw. I could have chosen many, many composers to focus on.
The piano which I play on at home, a Feurich, belonged to my late mother-in-law who acquired the instrument sometime after the Second World War and although we don’t know the provenance of it, it was built in Leipzig by the firm during its early 20th century heyday. I decided it would be fitting to record the music of Leipzig on the instrument which has power in the bass but also beautiful mellow qualities. Finally, the piano teacher who inspired me greatly and persuaded me to practise in my teens, Heather Slade-Lipkin, sadly passed away last year and I wanted to do something that would make her feel proud.