Danny Driver

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Grange Rd
Malvern WR14 3HB

Danny Driver, piano

  • J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883 (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • J S Bach Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • J S Bach French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Rachmaninov Étude Tableau Op.39, No.2 in A minor
  • Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Medtner Sonata No.9 in A minor, Op.30

Danny Driver first played at Malvern Concert Club in January 2016 and quickly became a firm favourite with our audience.  His reputation has been steadily rising in recent years, and he is now quite rightly regarded as one of the finest players in the UK. ‘There is never anything ostensibly showy about Driver’s playing, though he has a formidable technique at his disposal. His was an ultra-sensitive, classically restrained yet highly expressive response to the first movement’s opening mood of serenity, with superb articulation and a lovely tone quality. As the emotion of the music deepened, so did Driver’s range of expression expand, though in the most natural, sympathetic manner’, [Alan Sanders, Seen & Heard International, in a recent concert review].

Tonight’s programme is in two contrasting halves. The first is devoted to Bach’s keyboard music, somewhat neglected by the Club in recent years. ‘J S Bach’s Fifth French Suite was full of personality, with ornamentation daringly abundant. There was a palpable sense of enjoyment of the physicality of Bach’s writing’, [Harriet Smith, Financial Times, on Danny Driver’s performance at St John’s, Smith Square].

The second half brings together pieces composed during the first world war. In Le Tombeau de Couperin Ravel dedicated each movement to a friend who died in the conflict. Nikolai Medtner’s compact single-movement sonata is untitled, but was given a footnote, ‘During the War 1914-1917’: its disjointed rhythms and hyperactive virtuosity might have been somehow inspired by the conflict. Medtner’s much better-known contemporary Rachmaninov (they were students together) wrote the Études-Tableaux of Op.39 just before leaving Russia for good in 1917.

Ticket prices

Adult £21, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
Prices include a £1 contribution towards Malvern Theatres’ Heritage Fund.

Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £23.52 and £6.72 (students).