"Ruins" of Athens: ancient modes reimagined. A piano recital by Carlo Grante for the benefit of The Hellenic Institute

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


A concert of classical piano works with links to ancient and modern Greece, held in the Picture Gallery. The eminent pianist Carlo Grante began with Beethoven’s thrilling Variations on “The Ruins of Athens”, in Liszt’s transcription. They were written in 1811 as incidental music for a play of that name in which Minerva and Mercury meet Greeks dreaming of their liberation. The rest of the concert, featuring some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, illustrated how the music of the ancient world lives on in the DNA of western music. The programme included also Chopin, Mazurkas, op. 24/2, op. 30/4, op. 68/4, Satie, Gnossiennes, nos. 3, 4, 5, Debussy, Hommage à Rameau (Images, I/2), Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, I/1), Brouillards (Préludes, II/1) and Canope, II/10, and Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56.

The Concert was followed by drinks in the Picture Gallery and Dinner in honour of our Donors.
Period6 Mar 2018
Degree of RecognitionRegional