3 May - 1 June
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Johan de Cock presents

A Chopin Recital

at Friends' Meeting House

South African pianist, Johan de Cock, presents a solo piano recital of lesser-known works by Frédéric Chopin. The concert, which will last about an hour, includes some of Chopin's earliest compositions from the 1820s, as well as some of his late masterpieces: Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op.50 No.3, Nocturne in E major, Op.62 No.2, Impromptu No.3 in G flat major, Op.51, as well as a Polonaise, Nocturnes, Waltzes and a posthumous Funeral March in C minor.

When & Where

17, 24, 31 May 16:00 £10 (£8) [1hr]

Venue: Friends' Meeting House


Classical, Live music, Acoustic

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Age range: All ages

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I am so delighted to be getting the first few scores in for my Christmas concerts, with an especially lovely, vibrant and witty Fantasy by Trevor du Buisson. Now I need to practise extremely hard to do these works justice! :)

Johan de Cock - 24/07/2014 08:15:07

Oh wow, it is so thrilling to hear this piece played how Chopin originally intended it! Beautiful... [sigh] and respect to Daniel Grimwood!


Bluthner Model 6 ca 1913

Daniel Grimwood plays the Chopin Nocturne C sharp minor opus posthumous on a small (5' 9") Bluthner grand. Featured are photos from before, during, and after...

Johan de Cock - 22/07/2014 12:15:56

This performance is so exciting and so full of life, that I just had to post it. It is interesting to note that, even in extremely percussive, accented and loud sections, their combined piano tone always sounds absolutely gorgeous!


Ashkenazy and Gavrilov play Stravinsky LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS piano duet version.wmv

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andrei Gavrilov play Stravinsky LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS. Piano duet version recorded by DECCA in Brangwyn Hall, Swansea,Wales. January 1990

Johan de Cock - 20/07/2014 16:46:26

Oh, my goodness, I am surrounded by so many talented people! :) Here is Deryn Cullen Cellist and her talented husband, Dan Cullen, with Hypnos, the first track to be completed from their upcoming album:


Hypnos - Final Cello Take with Scaled Down Mix

First track to be completed for the album. This mix is a very scaled down version - just strings, piano and light percussion - of what will be released.

Johan de Cock - 12/07/2014 09:30:09

New piece by the London-based Argentinian composer, and my very dearest friend, Gisela Alejandra Paterno : Three in Disguise, Op.27 for Bassoon, Horn and Marimba. Please listen, leave comments and support her!!!!! (And maybe, if I am lucky, she might compose a Tango for me for my Fringe Festival concerts next year!) :)


Three in Disguise, Op. 27 - For Bassoon, Horn and Marimba

Trio Composed for the Maroon Trio as a commission for winning the "Maroon Trio competition" and premiered on May of 2014 in Kansas City. http://blackhouse.typepad.com/blackhouse/2014/05/maroon-trio-

Johan de Cock - 12/07/2014 09:12:42


If you are free next Wednesday, 16 July at 1:00pm, Helen Burford is giving a recital at All Saints Church in Hove (The Drive, Eaton Road, BN3 3QG). Her programme includes works by Bach, Debussy, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans. If you are into contemporary piano music, you should not miss this unique programme!


Johan de Cock - 11/07/2014 14:47:13

Some inspiration for those of you who like a bit of playful romance:

Martha Argerich: Strauss - Burleske in D minor

Martha Argerich (born June 5, 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine pianist. Argerich rose to international prominence when she won the seventh In...

Johan de Cock - 07/07/2014 23:36:00

Another concert that is happening this week on Friday, 11 July at 7:30pm is Maddie Jone's recital at the Schott Recital Room in Central London. Not only has she just passed her final Trinity Piano Performance recital with distinction, but she has also hired the venue herself, and her programme is absolute dynamite:



Gubaidulina - Chaconne
Madelaine Jones - Languishing Down: Transcription of two themes by Purcell
J.S. Bach - Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
Duphly - Chaconne
Stravinsky - Sonata (1924)
Farrenc - Air Russe Varié, op. 17

The programme lasts for approximately 75 minutes including introductions, and there will be a 15-20 minute interval in the middle.

TIckets are available from the Schott shop on 020 7534 0710.

In advance: £8 (£5 concessions*)
On the door: £10 (£7 concessions*)

*includes children under 16, OAPs, full-time students etc.

Madelaine Jones is a London-based pianist and writer. She is a previous winner of the John Halford Piano Competition, and the Gladys Puttick Extemporisation Competition (along with duo partner and dancer Adam Russell) and was awarded an LCM London Schools and Teachers Award in 2011. Madelaine also h…

Johan de Cock - 07/07/2014 09:05:15

If you happen to be free next Tuesday, 8 July, and in West London, come and see this wonderful recital by my friends: a joint concert by Frances Wilson and José Luis Gutiérrez for the National Physical Laboratory Musical Society. Programme to include:

Fantasy in C minor, K 485 - Mozart
Prelude & Fugue No 1 in C, Op 87 - Shostakovich
Fur Alina - Part
Sonata in F minor Hob XVII:6 - Haydn
Cirandinhas (selection) - Villa-Lobos
Danza de la moza donosa - Ginastera
Berceuse from Dolly Suite - Faure

Tickets £3 on the door

Bushy House, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

Johan de Cock - 04/07/2014 14:10:08

The next recital coming up is at the Brighton Unitarian Church on Friday, 17 October - works by Mendelssohn, (late) Liszt and my own Variations on 'Veni, veni Emmanual'.


Concert on 17 October 2014 - Brighton Unitarian Church, Brighton - Johan de Cock plays works by...
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Johan de Cock - 03/07/2014 13:53:52

My favourite Bach Toccata, played beautifully by Alicja Fiderkiewicz - wow, what glorious tone and such a natural and flowing rubato!


Alicja Fiderkiewicz plays Bach Toccata in D minor BWV 913

Alicja Fiderkiewicz plays ... Bach Toccata in D minor BWV 913 Recorded live during Cheetham's International Summer School for Pianists in Manchester, UK.

Johan de Cock - 30/06/2014 09:43:47

I am absolutely loving Meredith Monk's new release for ECM, 'Piano Songs', featuring the pianists Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker - highly, highly recommended!!!!! :)

Johan de Cock - 29/06/2014 22:24:18

Franz Liszt: Sunt lacrymae rerum/En mode hongrois (There are Tears for Things/In the Hungarian Mode) - Dedicated to Hans von Bülow.


Liszt's manuscript - "Sunt lacrymae rerum" (Nyiregyházi)

3ème Année de Pélerinnage (1877)

Johan de Cock - 29/06/2014 17:55:14

Beethoven's last work for the piano? - a haunting and beautiful piece! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epIgSrjUwA4

Beethoven - Bagatelle in F minor(last piano work) - Oskr Zapata

Free 320kbps Mp3 http://tinyurl.com/cblowk5 free Score: http://tinyurl.com/ck62tcc Ludwig van Beethoven's supposedly "last piano work" has been found by musi...

Johan de Cock - 27/06/2014 10:49:25

The precursor for Debussy's 'L'isle joyeuse' and 'Reflets dans l'eau', and Ravel's 'Jeux d'eau' is Franz Liszt's masterpiece, 'Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este' from the third book of 'Années de pèlerinage'.
I know that Kocsis plays it a little faster than some, but this recording burbles and sparkles, just like a water fountain should! :)


Zoltán Kocsis plays Liszt - Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este

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Johan de Cock - 19/06/2014 08:49:26

Anyone else hear a bit of 'Tristan and Isolde' in the opening (just with slightly more dissonant harmonies)?


Liszt - Années de pèlerinage - III - Aux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No. 2

Liszt - Années de Pèlerinage III. - Troisième année 2. Aux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No. 2 Threnodie Lazar Berman

Johan de Cock - 16/06/2014 12:35:37

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