Stephanie McCallum and Erin Helyard take you on a journey tracing the piano’s metamorphosis from a straight-strung instrument of great clarity and transparency to a cross-strung marvel of unified power and tone. An illustrated lecture contrasting short works on the twentieth-century Bösendorfer and the nineteenth-century Érard.
Alkan Trois Grandes Etudes Op.76 No.1 Etude pour la main gauche seule
Fantaisie in A-flat major
Etudes dans les tons majeurs Op.35 No.5 Allegro barbaro
EsquissesOp.63 No.1 La vision
PreludesOp.31 La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer
Liszt Consolations (S 172) No. 3 Lento placido
Faure Excerpts from Dolly Suite
Lambert Excerpts from Trois pieces nègres
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Stephanie McCallum & Erin Helyard, piano
Image Brett Boardman
Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. With thanks to Judith Neilson and Phoenix Central Park for the loan of the 1853 Érard piano.
About Stephanie McCallum Stephanie McCallum is a piano soloist, known internationally for her work on the reclusive Romantic composer, Alkan. Her live solo performances of Alkan have been described by critics as "titanic", "awe-inspiring", "stupendous", "virtuosic pianism of the highest calibre" and "one of the glories of Australian pianism". Stephanie has collaborated with major Australian orchestras and ensembles and she duets with Erin Helyard on historic instruments. Her many recordings range from Weber and Liszt, to Xenakis and including many premier recordings of newly transcribed Beethoven, Alkan, Boëly and Ropartz, as well as Kats-Chernin and other Australian composers. She is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney.
About Erin Helyard Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and as a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. As Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney) he has forged new standards of excellence in historically-informed performance in Australia. He has received two Helpmann Awards for Best Musical Direction (2017, 2019) and an ARIA for Best Classical Album (2020). Erin is a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and appears courtesy of Pinchgut Opera.