Renata Konyicska is a Hungarian concert pianist based in London, UK. She has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Nuits Classiques Megève, Festival de Piano Classique Biarritz, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander, Internationale Sommerakademie der ISA Reichenau, and Liszt Week Esztergom where she is invited to play every year since the festival was initiated.

She has won the first prize in a number of international piano competitions, including Zlatko Grgosevic in Croatia, Cittá di Gorizia in Italy, Smetana in the Czech Republic. She was the winner of the inaugural Talent Support Competition at Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in E major Op. 14

The origins of the Rondo capriccioso date to 1824 when Mendelssohn composed an Étude in E minor. Then in 1830 he found a special occasion to revive the work while visiting Munich en route to Italy. At the beginning of his Grand Tour he encountered the talented pianist Delphine von Schauroth whom he described as ‘slim, blond, blue-eyed, with white hands, and somewhat aristocratic’.

It begins softly, and the melody is a Song Without Words, a type of piano piece that was one of Mendelssohn’s specialties.  The second section is also one of Mendelssohn’s musical specialties; music that is quick, light and sparkling no wonder it became a favourite virtuoso concert piece of the nineteenth century.

Schumann Fantasie C major Op. 17

Schumann’s Fantasie op. 17 is an unsurpassed masterpiece. Many pianists even rank it among the best piano pieces of all times. It was written during a particularly long separation from his beloved Clara Wieck, at a time when their future together was far from certain. Schumann commented in a letter to Clara: “The first movement is probably the most passionate thing I have ever done”, a deep lament for you”.

The second movement is an energetic grandiose rondo based on a majestic march, with episodes that recall the emotion of the first movement. The finale is slow and meditative, a sublimely beautiful, tender and intimate movement. It is an extended song without words, with ravishing diversions into the remote keys of A-flat and D-flat major which create an extraordinary sense of time suspended.

 

Lunchtime concerts at Cranleigh Arts

Enjoy fine chamber music during daylight hours in our series of monthly lunchtime concerts. These performances offer a vibrant selection of performances by young international professionals in the intimate setting of our Jack Wagg auditorium. Seating will be informal and unallocated, and performances around 40 minutes long.

Cranleigh Arts is a charitable community arts venue. We are delighted to present this series of live performance for the enjoyment of all.

If you wish to support our work, you are invited to give generously by means of retiring collection in the auditorium in favour of Cranleigh Arts (reg charity no. 284186) or via the website https://cranleigharts.org/donations/

This classical lunchtime concert is supported by Informed Choice Financial Planning.