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Programme Notes

This Fantasy takes Iambic rhythm (short-long) as its starting point. Various contrasted types of music evolve from this rhythmic “cell”, and are transformed and juxtaposed throughout a wide range of moods, often at great speed. A slow, gentle melody interrupts at a climatic moment and spreads resonantly across the complete range of the piano, before the final build toward a jubilant conclusion.

© George Benjamin

Fantasy on Iambic Rhythm

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard