Bernard d’Ascoli will need little introduction to regular supporters of Petworth Festival where he has performed regularly – most recently in 2013. For his welcome return he pays homage to Claude Debussy and his contemporaries. D’Ascoli’s programme will include works by Chopin (Debussy’s teacher’s teacher), Franck (whom he eventually rejected although he benefitted from his positive influence on French music), Ravel (to whom he was often compared) and of course Debussy himself.
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue FWV21
Chopin Five Studies from Op. 10 and 25
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Debussy Images book II: Cloches à travers les feuilles, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, Poissons d’or, L’Isle Joyeuse
Bernard d’Ascoli was born in the South of France and began learning piano and organ at the age of eleven. In 1978 he won the First Prize in the Barcelona International Piano Competition but first came to major public attention in 1981 when, following his Third Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, he made his London debut both in recital and with orchestra and recorded the Liszt sonata and other works for EMI.
Generously sponsored by Ann Bayne, Rosemary Harris, Kees van der Klugt