Pianist Momo Kodama Performs with the Oxford Philharmonic 3rd June
Pianist Momo Kodama will be performing works from Ravel and Messiaen as part of a Chamber Series with the soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at Oxford’s Holywell Music Room on 3rd June at 19:30.
The evening’s programme consists of the pieces “Piano Trio in A minor, M. 67” (Ravel: 1875-1937) and “Quartet for the End of Time” (Messiaen: 1908-1992), and explores the influence of war on both Messiaen’s and Ravel’s works.
Messiaen was deeply affected by World War II as prisoner-of-war camp, and the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelations resonated profoundly with him. War also had a great influenced Ravel’s impassioned Piano Trio of 1914, spurring on the completion of this work so that he could serve in the French army.
Born in Japan and raised in Europe, Momo Kodama’s repertoire extends from the Classical and Romantic periods to contemporary works, and is recognized as a distinguished interpreter of Olivier Messiaen’s work. Her latest album, La Vallée des Cloches (released by ECM) features Ravel’s “Miroirs”, Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree Sketch” and Messiaen’s “La Fauvette des Jardins”. The release has already received outstanding acclaim from the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine, Classica and Télérama.
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