The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 13 Nov 2023, 1.10pm


Lunchtime Recital: Tessa Uys & Ben Schoeman, piano duo

The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 13 Nov 2023, 1.10pm

Schubert Rondo in A major, D 951
Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, arr. Xaver Scharwenka

Piano duo Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman have given many recitals together and have been performing Franz Xaver Scharwenka’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies  since 2015 after Tessa found the music, now long out of print, in her mother’s collection.

They describe working on Sharwenka’s transcriptions as:

‘a journey of exploration and inspiration. To be able to hear and discover the intricate weaving of all the internal harmonies and melodic lines that one knows are there, but that tend to get submerged in large orchestral ensemble, has been a revelation.’

Since their performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a packed Recital Room in November 2018, Tessa and Ben have brought us his Seventh, in January 2020, and the Eroica in October last year.

They will open their recital of Beethoven’s enchanting Fourth Symphony with one of Schubert’s best loved works for piano duo, the wistful and lyrical Rondo in A major, composed in 1828, the last year of his life.