The Romantic Piano, Michael McHale piano

Date: Sunday 19 February 2023 3pm
Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo
Admission: €20/€10 students
Booking: The Model 071-9141405 or

The Romantic Piano – Michael McHale piano

Michael McHale piano



Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in C minor op.13 ‘Pathetique’
John Field Nocturne No.5 in B flat major
Fryderyk Chopin Nocturne in E flat major op.9 no.2
Missy Mazzoli Heartbreaker
Franz Liszt Ballade No.2
Franz Schubert Impromptus op.90 no.3 & 4
Three love songs arranged for solo piano
Clara Schumann / Augusta Holmès / Liszt / Schumann Widmung / Philip Hammond …this hour of quiet…
Sergei Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite op.75 (excerpts)


Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Michael’s interaction with Con Brio has lasted many years and we are delighted to be able to celebrate his 40th birthday.

“This programme combines beloved works by some of the Romantic era’s greatest pianist-composers with stories of romance and heartbreak, from Romeo and Juliet to the Greek myth of Hero and Leander, from love song arrangements by Clara and Robert Schumann to more contemporary takes on love and loss. As I turn 40 this year, I have also included music that has played an important part in my musical life, from my childhood through to the present day, and composers with whom I have a special connection.”

…McHale was a wonderfully incisive soloist…this was exactly the sort of headlong, exciting adventure that Prokofiev intended it to be…
Michael Dervan, Irish Times


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