Virtual Piano Recital by Maki Sekiya
Virtuoso pianist Maki Sekiya is now in her third year as the Musician in Residence at Green Templeton College. In the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Maki gave a specially recorded recital in the college common room without a live audience.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Maki plays his Sonata No. 16 in G, Op. 31 No. 1.
The main feature of the first movement is a figure in which the left hand is anticipated by the right by a semiquaver, as if Beethoven is making fun of bad pianists who can’t play both hands simultaneously. The second movement is an Adagio grazioso in a rather nostalgic mood, full of trills, ornaments and free, arabesque-like runs. The cheerful finale is a sonata-rondo in which the first theme is developed in the central section and the first, triplet-dominated episode reappears in a recapitulation to confirm its status as a second subject.
The second work comprises the 24 Preludes by Chopin. Aside from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Preludes (1838) are surely the most famous group of pieces conceived as an orderly traversal of the 24 major and minor keys. Each of these “moods in miniature” inhabits a private world of its own, from the feverish energy of the first to the noble pathos of the last.
Watch and listen to this wonderful recital on the Green Templeton YouTube channel or watch below: