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About johnkersey

Educationalist, musician and clergyman.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances for solo piano

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances are his last major work, completed in 1940. The composer left two versions of the piece, for orchestra (premièred in January 1941 by the dedicatee, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra) and for two pianos (premièred in … Continue reading

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The Quarterly Review, August 2021

http://www.quarterly-review.org/endnotes-august-2021 by Stuart Millson “Our musical world has been reshaped by the Covid crisis – but we also face challenges from those who wish to destroy high-art, those “cultural commentators” who seek to dismantle the intrinsic European cultural reference points … Continue reading

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Artist’s choice – rare repertoire

My personal selection of favourite recordings of rare repertoire on my YouTube channel.

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Artist’s choice – standard repertoire

My personal selection of favourite recordings of standard repertoire on my YouTube channel.

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Launch of new YouTube channel

I have launched a new YouTube channel which can be found here. The channel includes my lockdown recordings as well as other, mostly rare, piano works from my recorded catalogue.

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John Kersey plays Medtner Sonate-elegie, op. 11 no 2

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): Sonate-elegie (Sonata no. 3) (07:09) John Kersey, piano Recorded at home during the national lockdown of 2021 Artwork: Alexej Kondratjewitsch Sawrassow (1830-97) – Winter (1870)

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John Kersey plays Medtner Sonata reminiscenza, op. 38 no. 1

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): from Forgotten Melodies book 1, op. 38 (1920) 1. Sonata reminiscenza (Sonata no. 10) (17:38) John Kersey, piano Recorded at home during the national lockdown of 2021 Artwork: Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900) – Little Russian Ox-Cart in Winter (1866)

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John Kersey plays Medtner Canzona matinata and Sonata tragica, op. 39 nos. 4 and 5

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): from Forgotten Melodies book 2, op. 39 (1920) 4. Canzona matinata (00:15)5. Sonata tragica (Sonata no. 11) (05:10) John Kersey, piano Recorded at home during the national lockdown of 2021 Artwork: Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) – Kostchei the Deathless (1900)

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John Kersey plays Schubert Allegretto in C minor, D.915

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Allegretto in C minor, D.915 (05:54) John Kersey, piano Recorded at home during the national lockdown of 2021. Artwork: Edvard Munch (1863-1944) – Autumn in the forest (1880)

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John Kersey plays Brahms Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, op. 24

Johannes Brahms (1833-97) – Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, op. 24 (1861) (30:30) John Kersey, piano Recorded at home during the national lockdown of 2021. Artwork: Thomas Cole (1801-48) – The Voyage of Life: Youth (1842)

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