Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Eelswamp Calendar 2020 January to June



Calendar 2020 - The first six months


January: Sergey Sobolev, piano  




Friday 24th: All Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 transcription by Liszt, Eroica Variations op. 35 and the last set of Bagatelles, op. 126

Sunday 26th: Mostly Russian
Chopin: Two Nocturnes op.15 no1 and op.62 no1 and two Mazurkas op.30 no. 4 and op.50 no 3
Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata in G major op. 37
Stanchinsky Sonata in E flat minor and 
Prokofiev:  Sonata no 8 in B flat major op. 84

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February - Ilya Kondratiev, piano,  Erzhan Kulibaev, violin



Friday 14th: Ysaye Six Sonatas for Solo Violin

Saturday 15th Two big works
Schubert Sonata no.16 in A minor, D845  and 
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Sunday 16th: Concerti in D Major
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D op.61, Korngold Violin Concerto in D op.35

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March - Andrey Gugnin, piano


Sunday 8th: Beethoven Sonata no. 29, op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
Chopin Preludes op. 28.

Friday 13th: Scriabin, Complete Mazurkas

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Saturday 21st: Bennett Lerner Birthday Concert


Works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Copland and others


April

Sunday 5th April

Abhishek Borkar, sarod and Sandip Ghosh, tabla




Abhishek and Sandip are two top level Indian musicians. They appear at all of the major Indian classical music festivals in India and all over the world. This will be Abhishek's first visit to Eelswamp and Sandip's fourth visit.

We will probably have two performances:
one in the evening at 5pm with Bhimpalasi and Patdeep
and one later performance at around 8pm with raags Kaunsi Kanada and Chandranandan.



May


Martin Malmgren, piano





Friday May 8th: All Bach: Partita no. 4, English Suite no. 5 and others

Sunday May 10th: Chopin The Mazurkas



June 

Tasana, Dimitri and Alexandre piano trio




Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano
Alexandre Vay, cello


Wednesday 3rd June: All Bach: 
Two Cello Suites
Godowsky piano transcription of Cello Suite no.2 and 
Partita no.1 in B flat major BWV 825

Friday 5th: 
Beethoven Violin Sonata no. 2 in A major, op.12 no.2 and 
Dvorak Cello Concerto


Sunday 7th: Beethoven Trios op. 70 nos 1 and 2.

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Musical Feast in February

Ilya Kondratiev, piano and Erzhan Kulibaev, violin

Three concerts:

Friday 14th
Saturday 15th
 and 
Sunday 16th February

Friday, February 14th, 6pm

Erzhan plays 'The King of The Violin'


Eugène Ysaÿe
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Six Sonatas for Unaccompanied Violin, Op. 27 (1924)


.One of the most important sets of repertoire for solo violin.

In the solo violin repertoire there are three mighty peaks: the Bach Partitas and Sonatas, the Paganini Caprices and the Ysaÿe Six Sonatas. Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1933) was a Belgian violinist, composer and conductor. He was regarded in his time as "the King of the Violin". His Six Sonatas op. 27 form one of the three most challenging compositions for solo violin in the repertoire. There is much originality in the music, but also tributes to Bach and a variety of styles, including latin rhythms.

Each sonata is dedicated to a famous contemporary violinist, indicated below in brackets:

Sonata No. 1 (Joseph Szigeti) a homage to Bach 
Sonata No. 2  ' The Obsession' (Jacques Thibaud) alluding to Bach and the Dies Irae theme
Sonata No. 3 'Ballade' (Georges Enescu) One movement and one of the most exciting pieces written for solo violin
Sonata No. 4 (Fritz Kreisler) Another tribute to Bach, with Allemande, Sarabande and Finale presto
Sonata No. 5 (Mathieu Crickboom) opens with the astoundingly beautiful Aurore (dawn) movement.
Sonata No. 6 (Manuel Quiroga) Another one movement showpiece in Habanera style.

This is a program not to be missed by lovers of violin music. 




Erzhan Kulibaev is a violinist from Kazakhstan. He studied in Moscow, Madrid and Salzburg and was awarded an Honorary Diploma by Queen Sofia, of Spain. Erzhan won first prize at the Demidovski, Lisbon, Novosibirsk, Hindemith and Buenos-Aires International Violin Competitions and First Prize With Distinction at Manhattan International Music Competition. He also won a Gold Medal at Berliner International Music Competition 2017.

“Dressed elegantly in black, with a Stradivarius in his left hand, the young Kazak violinist, with a strong sound that swirled around each member of the audience, shone with an outstanding technique and convincing and emotional peformance of Tchaikovsky to finish with a standing ovation....” (La Nacion)

 Erzhan plays Stradivarius “Rode” 1722 courtesy of the Maggini Foundation



Saturday February 16th, 5pm 

Ilya Kondratiev plays two masterpieces




Recently joined the faculty of the Royal College of Music, London.

Fourth visit to Eelswamp



Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Картинки с выставки


One of the most popular works in the piano repertoire, Pictures at an Exhibition is a tour de force of imagery and drama. It is one of the most challenging works for the virtuoso and one of the most engaging for the audience. 

Written in 1874, Pictures has a genius structure which makes the work unique in the piano repertoire. It is a suite of ten short pieces woven together with recurring variations on the 'Promenade' theme. We can conceive of the work as a theme and variations, interspersed with programmatic miniatures. This double, intertwined structure, makes the work original and interesting.

The occasion for the composition was an exhibition of the paintings of the artist Viktor Hartmann, a friend of the composer. Hartmann died tragicly at the age of 39 from an aneurysm. The exhibition was held shortly after the artist's death to commemorate the short but prolific life of the artist. Mussorgsky then wrote his masterpiece in two inspired weeks.

Schubert: Piano Sonata no.16 in A minor, op.42, D.845

This is a wonderful sonata from the beginning of the late period, 1825, three years before Schubert's untimely death. 1825 was a period of respite from ill-health; symptoms of syphilis abated, giving the 28 year old composer more energy, exuberance and a sense of grandeur. The Symphony no. 9 in C Major, "The Great", with its triumphal opening march theme, was sketched out during this period. The A minor sonata contains some of the mood of the symphony albeit in the darker, relative minor key. It has a march theme in the first movement, sometimes triumphal, sometimes mysterious and ending on a dark, A minor, crescendo. Even the charming slow movement is infused with drama. 
Ilya Kondratiev is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. He has won numerous prizes in international competitions, notably the Weimar Liszt and the Budapest Liszt Competitions. Recently, Ilya was appointed to the position of Piano Professor at the Royal College of Music, in London.

Ilya is a great artist: not only is he a delight to listen to, he is fascinating to watch. His sense of drama is captivating. I am much looking forward to his interpretations of the two works in this program.



Sunday February 16th, 5pm 



Ilya and Erzhan together: Beethoven Violin Concerto




Korngold Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Image result for erich korngoldErich Korngold is regarded as The Father of Film Music. He was the son of an influential music critic in Vienna and a child composing prodigy. Mahler called him a genius. In the 1930's he went to Hollywood, where he wrote music for Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and Robin Hood, among other movies. His Violin Concerto was premiered by Jascha Heifitz in 1947 and derives its themes from various movie projects. It is one of the great romantic violin concerti of the 20th century, easy on the ear and a delight to listen to.







Image result for beethoven 1806Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61

Beethoven's Violin Concerto has been described as one of the 'greatest achievements' in the violin concerto repertoire, a 'rite of passage' for any violinist and a landmark in the violin concerto form. 

The concerto was written in 1806 around the time of the 4th Piano Concerto, The Rasumovsky Quartets, The Appassionata Sonata and Symphony no. 4. The work is in three movements with a substantial first movement for which more than 30 cadenzas have been written and a slow movement connected, without break, to the rousing rondo finale. 



Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two, 2,900 for all three. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation provided that the concert for which the original booking was made breaks even.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Beethoven and the Russians: Sobolev's Sixth Orbit

Sergey Sobolev
plays
All Beethoven and Two Grand Russian Sonatas

Friday, January 24th and Sunday, 26th




Winner of Berliner International Music Competition, 2017




and prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elizabeth Competitions, among others

Friday 24th January, 6pm

All Beethoven

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Horowitz loved it!
Symphony no. 7 op. 92 transcribed for piano by Liszt. Of one the finest performances that Sergey gave us was the Liszt transcription of Symphony no. 3, Eroica. I have been begging him to do another one of the Liszt transcriptions. "Well, Mr Barton, it's a lot of work." Finally, he has agreed. 

In the words of Vladimir Horowitz, 

"these are the greatest works for the piano – tremendous works – every note of the symphonies is in the Liszt works."


"Eroica Variations"15 Variations and a Fugue for Piano in E-flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35 

This work shares the theme from the Symphony No. 3, "Eroica". (Although the variations were written before the symphony.) It is highly virtuosic and requires a top notch pianist to perform it. This comment quoted from Hyperion website sums it up:

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"Best I have written"
Op 35 is a singular masterpiece: an extraordinary composite of passacaglia, chaconne, variation, fugue, canon, dance, aria, fantasy … a towering edifice of pianistic bravura, of orchestral allusion, of vocal suggestion.

Bagatelles op.126 Six miniature masterpieces. This is Beethoven's last major work for the piano. In Beethoven's own modest words, "Probably the best I have written". 



Sunday 26th January, 5pm

Two Grand Russian sonatas... and a bit of Chopin

Chopin: Two Nocturnes op.15 no1 and op.62 no1 and 
two Mazurkas op.30 no. 4 and op.50 no 3

Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata in G major op. 37
This is a work which Tchaikovsky found difficult to compose: "It doesn't come easily" he moaned to his brother. But was so delighted with the premier that, "I left the hall completely enraptured." It was written in 1878, a year before the first revision of the Piano Concerto no. 1. The sonata has many of the same rhythms and textures as the concerto, so if you like the concerto you will certainly appreciate the sonata. 
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Alexei Stanchinsky

Stanchinsky (1888 - 1914) Sonata in E flat minor (1906) One of music's tragic figures, died in 1914 at the age of 26. His sonata in E flat minor is reminiscent of Scriabin. It sits somewhere between Scriabin's third (bass line dotted rhythm) and fourth sonatas. Perhaps we could call it Scriabin's Sonata no. 3.5.

Like Scriabin, Stanchinsky suffered from mental health issues and was confined to an institution before being discharged as incurable. He was probably schizophrenic, with hallucinations and inexplicable rage. However, he had periods of normality and eventually went back to the Conservatory.He died mysteriously. After disappearing from his friend's estate his body was discovered, two days later, by a river bank. 
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Richter:"This is the richest"

Prokofiev:  Sonata no 8 in B flat major op. 84 This is one of Prokofiev's greatest works, the third of the so called 'war sonatas' written during WW2. It comprises three movements, beginning with a haunting lullaby and contrasting with a violent, gurgling allegro. The second movement is a brief, stately, andante, leading in to a rambunctious finale. Sviatoslav Richter said that the sonata was one of his three favourites: 

"Of all Prokofiev’s sonatas, this is the richest. It has a complex inner life, profound and full of contrasts."




Sergey Sobolev is a Russian pianist. He graduated from Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College in London. Sergey has visited Eelswamp on five previous occasions. He has a brilliant technical level, great musical taste and an encyclopedic knowledge of music.  According to at least two members of the audience Sergey's Scriabin was the best they had ever heard. Not surprising as Sergey is a student of one of the great Russian pianists and pedagogues, Mikhail Voskresensky, who won a prize at the first Van Cliburn Competition in 1962 and is head of the piano department at Moscow Conservatory.

In 2017 Sergey won first prize in the piano section of the Berliner International Music Competition. He performed his winning recital in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He is also a prizewinner of two of the world's most prestigious piano competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow and The Queen Elizabeth Competition, Belgium. Sergey has also won prizes in The Liszt Weimar Competition, Nikolai Rubinstein Competition, Scriabin International Competition Moscow and the Santander Competition.

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two in the same series. 

Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation provided that the concert for which the original booking was made breaks even.


Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Eelswamp Calendar 2019



Calendar 2019

Dates for the first three months:

January: Sergey Sobolev, piano  




Friday 25th: Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin Liszt

Sunday 27th: All Russian - Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Prokofiev


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February - Ilya Kondratiev, piano,  Erzhan Kulibaev, violin



Friday 15th - Paganini 24 Caprices for solo violin

Saturday 16th - Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, Book 2 complete and Schubert Impromptus op.90

Sunday 17th: Both Prokofiev Violin Sonatas and 2 Mozart Violin Sonatas K378 and K403


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March - Andrey Gugnin, piano


Friday 8th: Bach-Rachmaninov Violin Partita, Bach-Busoni Organ Prelude and Fugue BWV 532, Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata and Shostakovich's 2nd Sonata.

Sunday 10th: Russian-Polish: Tchaikovsky's Dumka, Stravinsky Firebird Transcription, Chopin Mazurkas op. 17 and Prokofiev 7th.

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June - Tasana, Dimitri and Alexandre piano trio


Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano
Alexandre Vay, cello



Friday 14th, 6pm: Mendelssohn Trio no. 1 and Chopin Cello Sonata

Saturday 15th, 5pm: Shostakovich Trio no. 2 and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata

(Note: there will be no Sunday program)




September - Starodubtsev plays Beethoven Ninth


Friday, 13th Beethoven-Liszt, Symphony no. 9 for four hands: Evgeny Starodubtsev and Alexandra Lotova, piano




Sunday, 15th The Fabulous Samuil Feinberg and Friends: Vivaldi, Bach, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky



A celebration of one of the finest Russian pianist-pedagogue-composers of the 20th Century, Samuil Feinberg, and a bit of Rachmaninov for good measure.

Vivaldi-Bach-Feinberg transcription of a transcription: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - absolutely fabulous!
Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux op 33 nos 1-6
Tchaikovsky-Feinberg transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 - absolutely fabulous!
Samuil Feinberg Sonatas number 7, 8 and 9. These are, in my opinion, the finest of the much neglected sonatas of Feinberg.

October 
The Complete Mr Hepluk 




Yevheny Hepluk returns to play five complete sets of music.

Friday October 11th, 6pm: 

Rachmaninov Preludes op.32 (complete!!), 

Chopin Preludes op.28 (complete!!), 

Sunday October 13th, 5pm: 

Tchaikovsky Seasons (complete !!) 

Brahms - 4 Ballades op. 10, complete and Two Rhapsodies op. 79 

November 
Ekaterina Derzhavina 



Friday 8th: Bach Goldberg Variations

Sunday 10th: 'Il Maestro e lo Scolare' - works of the master, Haydn and his disciple, Beethoven.


November

Michaele Benuzzi, harpsichord Bach, Handel
and someone I've never heard of



Friday 29th, 6pm

JC Graupner: Partita in C major Gwv 127

Händel: Prelude in D minor Hwv 563

Händel: Capriccio in F major Hwv 481

Händel: Chaconne in F major  Hwv 485

JS Bach: Partita no.4 in D Major Bwv 828



2020
January: Sobolov All Beethoven: Symphony no. 7, Eroica Variations, Bagatelles op. 126
Dream music: Prok 8, Stanchinsky and Chopin

February: Ilya and Erzhan
Erzhan solo: Ysaye six violin sonatas
Ilya solo: Schubert Sonata in A minor D.845 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Together: Beethoven Violin Concerto and Korngold Violin Concerto.


March: (6th -15th) Andrey Gugnin, piano 
complete Mazurkas of Scriabin and Beethoven Hammerklavier and Chopin Preludes op. 28
Sunday 9th and Friday 14th 

March 21st Bennet Lerner 76th Birthday recital and party.