For several years, Angela has given series of lecture recitals on specific themes, including both solo piano and chamber music in each performance.
Communication with her audiences forms an integral part of Angela’s recitals and lecture recitals. She is passionate about bringing the music she plays alive to a wide variety of people by explaining the background to the music and the composers who wrote it, as well as the historical context in which it was composed. In her lecture recitals Angela includes Power Point presentations.
Angela Zanders brought tremendous understanding and skill to Chopin’s rich composition. Harting Music Club
The Vienna Experience
The Vienna Experience explores the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms with complete performances of piano and chamber works, including Schubert’s popular ‘Trout’ Quintet. Angela helps bring the music alive by explaining its historical context as well as how the music came to be composed. Angela’s Power Point slides illustrate Vienna’s glorious musical past and the composers whose immortal music was inspired by that city.
19th & 20th century French composers
Another popular series focuses on 19th & 20th century French composers Debussy and Ravel and their contemporaries Frank, Faure and Poulenc, featuring, among many other works, complete performances of Frank’s beautiful Sonata for Violin and Piano and Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, as well as some of Debussy’s best-loved piano works and songs. Angela relates the vision of the first Impressionist painters to their music counterparts and explains how the French composers of the period sought a new national identity of their own during the years building up to the First World War.
The Musical Romantics
In 2010 Angela celebrated the bi-centenary of the births of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin with a series entitled ‘The Musical Romantics’ including performances of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano with cellist, Mikhail Lezdkan. Europe’s musical scene during the first half of the 19th century was bursting with colourful personalities and tales of love, despair, triumph and revolution as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin produced the the first truly Romantic compositions and virtuosi such as Liszt dazzled their audiences with astounding performances. Angela brings the age alive with contemporary accounts and anecdotes, providing a fascinating context for the music performed.
Illustrated Recitals for your occasion
Angela is always keen to present Illustrated Recitals to suit individual interests, requirements, venues and available resources. Her subjects are wide ranging and always expanding to include new and varied themes and formats. She is available to give solo Illustrated Recitals as well as ones in which she is joined by one or more of her professional colleagues in order to include chamber music and/or songs in the programme.
Some sample programmes in addition to the above:
The Influence of the French Revolution on the Music of Beethoven
The Life and Music of Schubert
Women composers – who are they?
Rediscovering Classical Favourites, and many more……
Do get in touch to discuss an Illustrated Recital to suit you!
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