October 4th 2014 Concert £8 (£10)
Songs, Stories and Interludes
Margaret Fingerhut ~ piano
Two Impromptus D.899
(#3 in Gflat, #4 in Aflat)
Ave Maria Schubert/Liszt
Widmung Schumann/Liszt
The Maiden's Wish Chopin/Liszt
Ballade #2 in F Op38 Chopin
Impromptu #2 in Fsharp Op36 Chopin
Ballade (1890) Debussy
Impromptu #3 in Aflat Fauré
Selection from the Gershwin Songbook Gershwin
Ballade #4 in F minor Op52 Chopin

Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most poetic pianists of her generation who has captivated audiences in many different countries with her imaginatively designed recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide. Her extensive and eclectic discography on the Chandos label has received worldwide critical acclaim, and her numerous discs reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, including works by Bainton, Bax, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton, Novák, Stanford and Suk as well as pioneering collections of Russian and French piano music. Many have been selected as Gramophone Critics' Choice, and two of her Bax recordings were short-listed for Gramophone awards. Her latest recording, "Endless Song", a collection of encores for piano, was featured as "Album of the Week" on Classic FM and was awarded an "outstanding" accolade in International Record Review, as well as being Editor's Choice in Pianist magazine.

"One of the most radiantly musical of pianists, she plays with such alluring sensitivity and effortless command that one cannot help but be won over" (International Piano)