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MOZART REQUIEM ON EASTER SUNDAY
 
(Four-hand Piano version by Carl Czerny)
 
Sunday 12 April 11:00
 

Wessel van Wyk & Megan Geoffrey-Prins combine forces.

The four-hand piano arrangement provided a major source of home performance and enjoyment of large-scale compositions all the way through the 19th century. Having unearthed this arrangement of Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by the still-feared-by-aspiring-pianists Carl Czerny, Brooklyn Theatre is taking another exciting step towards educating and entertaining our supporters with something as completely unusual as this. This is a nice find for lovers of Romantic pianism, for it is less a transcription than a reinterpretation of Mozart's Requiem, with much to tell listeners about just how the early 19th century heard Mozart in general. Truly great music holds its own, no matter in which guise.

Czerny approaches each movement a bit differently (and he arguably improves the movements completed by Mozart's student Franz Xaver Süssmayr). There are echoes of Beethoven in the big Rex Tremendae and elsewhere, while the Benedictus seems to resemble a song by Schubert or, more likely, one of the lesser lieder composers. The Dies irae gets jaggedly ornamented lines in the pianists' right hands, with a difficulty suggesting that Czerny might have intended the work for his own use. He was a brilliant pianist who taught Liszt among others. Performances of other Classical-period choral works could easily be modelled on the moods of this piece.

The performance in Brooklyn Theatre will be enhanced by projections of visuals.

Ticket sales:

Sunday 12 April 11:00

Block A (Adult) - R220   Block B (Adult) - R170
Block A Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R180   Block B Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R120
Block C (Row P, Q, R) - R120  

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Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
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Menlo Park

Prof Wessel van Wyk

Wessel van Wyk is one of South Africa’s most prominent classical pianists. On completion of his music training in Vienna, having won the first prize in the international Bösendorfer Piano Competition, he returned to South Africa to establish himself as one of this country’s most active and versatile musicians.

In a career spanning three decades he has become renowned as a solo performer and as a collaborative music partner to numerous instrumentalists and singers. In 2013, he undertakes a concert tour to Australia and New Zealand as accompanist for contemporary singer Laurika Rauch. In April 2014, he partners violinist Zanta Hofmeyr in a Classicfm soirée entitled “Fiddler on the Screen” in Johannesburg; more recently, he accompanies soprano Hanli Stapela in a lieder recital for the Wellington Concert Series in the Cape.

He has played concertos with various orchestras under conductors such as Wolfgang Bothe, David de Villiers, Stephen Portman, Pinchas Steinberg and Vladimir Kern. In both 2013 and 2014, he was a soloist with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Eric Rycroft and Schalk van der Merwe respectively. In 2014, he performs Chopin’s first Piano Concerto with the Rand Symphony Orchestra under the Polish conductor Bernard Wozny.

Wessel’s commercial recordings are frequently played by local radio stations. His four “Piano Favourites” CDs have become classical best sellers with volumes 2 and 3 being nominated for SAMA awards. He is one of the eight pianists performing on the popular “Piano Extravaganza” CD that was released by Salon Music under the auspices of RSG in December 2014.

Wessel obtained a DMus (Performing Arts) from UP in 2001, the first musician to receive this degree in South Africa. He is at present an Associate Professor in the Music Department of the University of Pretoria where he teaches piano and chamber music and supervises post-graduate dissertations and theses. He is frequently invited to serve as a judge for national music competitions and he is passionate about creating performance opportunities for young musicians.

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, from Riversdale, South Africa, has performed as soloist and collaborative artist in North America, Europe, Africa, and Hong Kong. Recently named the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist in Music, Prins has featured in various local and international piano competitions, including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the UNISA National and International Piano Competitions, and the Midwest International Piano Competition. Prins made his concerto debut at the age of 11. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Germany, the USA, Botswana, and South Africa. His recent performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 were praised by German and South African critics for its “technical precision,” “artistic expressivity,” and “transcendent” interpretation.

Prins studied a Masters in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize, the Arthur Loesser Memorial Prize, and the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Local achievements include first prizes at the UNISA 120th Anniversary Competition, the inaugural Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Competition, the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition, the 2016 Muziq Instrumental Competition, and the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.