“Bewitching… Undoubtedly one of the greatest French pianists” Le Figaro
“A masterful prophet” ★★★★ Télérama
“Fauré would have welcomed Pennetier’s clear-sightedness and musical assurance” Gramophone
One of the most respected French pianists throughout a music career spanning 50 years, Jean-Claude Pennetier captivates audiences not only through his fine technique and clear-sighted playing, but also the intimate and poetic universe that he creates.
Soloist, chamber musician, composer, conductor and distinguished teacher, the multi-faceted Pennetier began his piano studies at three years of age. At 18 he won first prize at the Gabriel Fauré Competition and by 25 had taken top honours at the international piano competitions of Montreal and Geneva. He plays with the world’s most distinguished orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris and NHK in Tokyo, with chamber groups such as Ensemble Intercontemporain and at the great music festivals of Le Roque-d’Anthéron, Prades among others.
Pennetier starts his HKAF recital with a series of preludes by Gabriel Fauré. It was his interpretation of these works that won Pennetier the coveted Diapason d’Or award. These preludes are carefully intertwined with works by Frédéric Chopin as well as the lesser-known Maurice Ohana (1913-1992), the Moroccan-born French composer who entrusted Pennetier to premiere his 24 preludes. Following Fauré’s delicate yet complex Barcarolle and Nocturnes, the recital concludes with Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque with its famous, impressionistic third movement, Clair de Lune. As Le Figaro describes, “Pennetier just has to place his fingers on the keyboard and his miraculous touch will give birth to pure musical truth”.
Prelude No 1 in D-flat major, Op 103
Prelude No 15 in D-flat major, Op 28
Prelude No 2 in C-sharp minor, Op 103
Prelude No 10 in C-sharp minor, Op 28
Prelude No 7 in A major, Op 103
Prelude No 8 in F-sharp minor, Op 28
Prelude No 13 in F-sharp major, Op 28
Prelude No 14 in E-flat minor, Op 28
Prelude No 6 in E-flat minor, Op 103
Prelude No 19 in E-flat major, Op 28
Prelude No 20 in C minor, Op 28
Prelude No 8 in C minor, Op 103
Prelude No 1 in C major, Op 28
Prelude No 2 in A minor, Op 28
Prelude No 4 in F major, Op 103
Prelude No 5 in D minor, Op 103
Prelude No 21 in B-flat major, Op 28
Prelude No 3 in G minor, Op 103
Prelude No 22 in G minor, Op 28
Prelude No 23
Prelude No 9 in E minor, Op 103
Barcarolle No 2 in G major, Op 41*
Nocturne No 4 in E-flat major, Op 36*
Nocturne No 1 in E-flat minor, Op 33*
3. Clair de lune
*Programme Change: Debussy’s Études, Book II have been changed to Fauré’s Barcarolle No 2 in G major, Nocturne No 4 in E-flat major and Nocturne No 1 in E-flat minor.