Hummel & Beethoven Piano CD

Wednesday 17 October 2007, 4:00PM
By Georgina Zellan-Smith

Georgina’s CD features the less familiar solo piano piece/variations, some of these not recorded before. Enjoy the variety of these 2 composers, born within 8 years of each other, both performers of high rank, outstanding as improvisers, with Hummel the only real rival to Beethoven. The CD gives examples of the shorter piano piece, possibly linked to improvisations in recital. “..loving and beautiful performance” (NZ Journal ‘Ritmico’, track 6)

Born in a remote country district of New Zealand, Georgina showed promise at a very early age, gaining scholarships to London’s Royal Academy, where she became a Professor at the end of her studies. Her several London recitals (London Piano Series), performances on BBC & with LPO/BBC orchestras led to tours worldwide. Living in NZ from 1980 her involvement in music making & abroad continued. 2007 included recitals in UK (invitation -Brecon Cathedral Easter Music etc), and the USA, with standing ovations at these recitals.

“Impeccable manner in which G Z-S performs” is how ‘International Piano’ London, described her CD of NZ composers, David Farquhar & Edwin Carr. Carr’s Pleasant Pieces, written for Georgina are here.

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“the rare and the unusual”


1.Rondo Brilliant in E Flat, Op 120 6. Six Variations on a Swiss Song

“La Galante

2. Variations in F, Op 57 7. Seven Variations (WoO) on

“God Save the King”

3.Una Fantasia Piccola, Op 107 8. Variations on a Russian Air, Op 107

“La Contemplazione”

4. Rondo in E Flat, Op 11 9. Rondo WoO 64

5. Tyrolienne variee 10. Allegretto (Hess 69)

COMMENTS (email/letters) re Georgina’s tour, NZ/UK 2007.

“masterful command...wonderfully expressive & dynamic interpretations.”

David and Winsome Fisher, Kerikeri Arts, Feb ’07

“…a pleasure to meet you over Easter. The concert was thrilling.”

The Dean, Brecon Cathedral, Wales, April 14

“Your playing was wonderful….a lovely recital”
Hazel & David Gedge, (Director) Brecon: St. Augustine Medallists

“Many thanks for that memorable concert. The Fantasie Impromptu was a superb end to a fascinating programme but I was so impressed by your beautiful Minuet in G – it is practically impossible to play such a deceptively simple piece with such style and meaning. The Hummel continues to give us such pleasure on your CD and lots of the audience were captivated. A perfect programme for a fine Spring evening. (Milford)

Jennifer Isaacs, J.P. Godalming, May 15.

To Lydia Otter, Pennyhooks Farm) “Thank you & your collaborators for the splendid piano recital last Saturday. I hope it might be the first of a series but in any case it really was a historic occasion.”

Mervyn Samuels, visiting from Madrid.

(To Lydia Otter, email) “James & I so enjoyed the marvellous concert. Georgina is truly inspirational and we both felt privileged to be there”.

Debbie Belassie, May 3.

(also to Lydia) “a wonderful and moving occasion”.

Susan Ferris, (telephone May 4)

“your performance was just wonderful – people are still telling us how much they enjoyed the evening”

Christopher Brown, Hilperton House, May 31.

“exhilarating…..a beautifully chosen programme….the standing ovation so very well deserved.”

Diana Coleman, (Civic Award 2007), Marton Musical Society, June 17