Pianist Martin James Bartlett (1996) admits that his life changed completely when he won the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014 – victory in this competition allowed him to embark on a professional performing career, giving him the chance to travel and meet and work with inspiring musicians. The sensitivity or even sensuality of his playing is breathtaking, and his imagination overflows.
Bartlett played at the National Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and as part of the Chinese State Visit in 2015 he gave a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan. He loves jazz and has recorded with Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Nicola Benedetti, and in his Riga concert he will perform piano highlights from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Johann Sebastian BACH Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
Johann Sebastian BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring BWV 147 (arr. Hess)
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major K. 332
Franz LISZT Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie: No. 5, Sonata 104 del Petrarca in E Major
Robert SCHUMANN Widmung S. 566 (arr. Liszt)
Enrique GRANADOS Goyescas op. 11: El Amor y la muerte (Balada)
Franz LISZT / Richard WAGNER Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde