David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Craig Ogden plays Grimm Tales at Bromsgrove

Friday 5th February 2016 at 8pm – Artrix Art Centre Bromsgrove

Craig Ogden is best known to British audiences for the popular repertoire contained on his string of best-selling albums for Classic FM. However,as his very successful concert for us in 2014 showed, he also excels in more serious works. For his return visit his programme is built round two modern classics – Sir Michael Tippett’s ‘The Blue Guitar’, written for Julian Bream, and Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata – both of which are their composer’s only work for solo guitar.

David Knotts – Grimm Tales (2015)

When a new complete edition of the original folk and fairy tales of the brothers Grimm was published last year, I was captivated by the ghoulish and macabre sensibility of the original tales which has so often sanitized and censored by past generations of translators and publishers. The stark and simple tale telling of Grimm’s originals inspired these 6 pieces.

In Once upon a time, I imagine the reader opening the book before we become Lost in the forest in which a walking motif is interrupted by twittering bird song. This uncertain walk through the woods takes a rather panicky turn in Chase!, a virtuoso moto perpetuo. When we eventually return home, things take a turn for the worse: we’re chopped up, boiled in the pot and served for tea. Spin is dedicated to all the gnomes, elves and downtrodden beauties who spend their lives at the spinning wheel and Betrothed is for those who make it to the end of the tale, meet their handsome prince and live happily ever after.



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