Part of Chorlton Arts Festival

A fantasia of romantic compositions ranging from Clara and Robert Schumann to Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms. Dreaming allowed!

DATE: Saturday 18th May 2024

TIME: 3pm


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International pianist Alessandra Pompili presents a recital of compositions belonging to the Romantic period. Whilst the Schumanns (husband and wife), Chopin and Brahms are considered the epitome of XIX century music, Liszt already paved the way to the future. Like different faces of the same prism, they gave voice to Romanticism in an entirely personal and unforgettable way.

‘One highlight of the festival was the cross-over between the visual arts and music that was facilitated by the concert ‘Amor Sacro e Amor Profano’.  The audience at Blessed John Duns Scotus Church was left spellbound by the playing of internationally renowned concert pianist, Alessandra Pompili…’ Stephen Callaghan (Creative Director @ Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project)


‘…Pompili has an ultra-light and very expressive touch, and although the music presented was not quite typical of the three major composers [Liszt, Debussy, Hindemith], it did offer a fresh slant on their work… The four movements of Hindemith Sonata no. 2 were beautifully played, from the avant-garde style at the beginning to the flowing, optimistic Lebhaft and the final skipping Rondo… It was an impressive and varied piano recital… completely absorbing.’ Derek Ansell (Newbury Weekly News)


‘…her main characteristics are the iron-steel technique, infallibility in touch, capacity of self-control and clear and limpid phrasing…. she has shown a very expressive temper and a trenchancy that is out of the ordinary… she is a revelation, an extraordinary talent…’ Nicola Russo (Corriere della Calabria)


‘…splendid recital at the Teatro Ghione (Rome) … the pianist has distinguished herself for sensitive phrasing and clear and crystal-like touch. The interpretation of the Quaderno Pianistico di Renzo [Calligaris] has been especially captivating; her Brahms was with significance and depth, whilst Mendelssohn enjoyed a brilliant and light touch…’ Giancarlo Tammaro (Musica & Scuola)


‘…she has managed to enchant the public thanks not only to her artistic skill, but also to the thoughtfulness and professionalism imparted to the whole recital…’  Daniela Giordana (Musica & Scuola)


‘…admirable technical attainment and interpretive cognition…her piano playing is very intellectual and extremely detailed both in phrasing and in dynamic nuances…’  Daniela Giordana (Musica & Scuola)


‘…in every recital there is some magic that exudes from the instrument: this is the characteristic of music, which turns from an abstract to a palpable entity thanks to the interpreter. This magic has been fully experienced last wednesday. Pompili has been perfect in the interpretation, phrasing, and in the “transposition” of notes from score to intense feelings. The sonata op. 31 no. 3 [Beethoven], also known as “The Hunt”, has been especially appreciated. It is an arduous work, demanding for the interpreter. It is superfluous to say that Alessandra Pompili has been exceptional….’ Nicola Russo (Corriere della Calabria)


‘…it has been a passionate performance … the technique takes second place when compared to the interpretive consistency … She has enchanted the public…’  Ilaria Piacentini (Suburbia Sound)



RUNNING TIME: 60 minutres

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Adults (accompanied children)


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