Thursday, December 31, 2020

Eelswamp Concert Calendar 2020



Calendar 2020


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


May

Martin Malmgren, piano

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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, 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.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bach and Handel on Harpsichord

Bach, Handel and Graupner

Friday, November 29th, 6pm

Michele Benuzzi, playing the Sassman Spinet

small instrument - big sound - great acoustics






Johann Christoph Graupner (1683-1760)

Partita in C major Gwv 127

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A lesser known contemporary of Bach and Handel. But surprisingly good! 


Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Prelude in D minor Hwv 563

Capriccio in F Major Hwv 481

Chaconne in F Major Hwv 485


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Partita IV in D Major Bwv 828  - a major work by Bach



Michele Benuzzi is an Italian harpsichord player. He studied at the University of Pavia and Royal College of Music in London and is a prize winner in the Yamanashi International Harpsichord Competition in Japan. Michele gives concerts throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand and the UK. Among his recordings, a collection of works of JW Haessler was described by Christopher Brodersen, of Fanfare, as deserving "... the absolute highest recommendation".



Reservations: 1,000 baht 

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 may select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert except where otherwise advised. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 

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, November 8, 2019

Derzhavina


Ekaterina Derzhavina

plays Bach, Haydn and Beethoven

November 8th and 10th




First Prize, International Piano Competition “JS Bach” Würzburg

" ... a complete revelation, beautifully performed."

"The pure musicality which Derzhavina displays in these recordings is enough to transport one almost magically to a transcendental state."

"... her touch, musicality, and flawless technique impress mightily."

"Prepare to have your life enhanced. You could strain the vocabulary of delight simply trying to describe Haydn's piano sonatas being played by anyone, anywhere."

"... a rare example of pianistic excellence." -- MusicWeb International


Friday, November 8th, 6pm

Bach: Goldberg Variations

Bach's iconic set of thirty variations based on an aria has been described as 'a monument of Western music'. This is one of the composer's greatest hits, recorded at least 180 times (counting the list on Wiki) the most celebrated of which are the two sets by Glenn Gould.

Sunday, November 10th, 5pm

 'Il Maestro e lo Scolare' - works of the master, Haydn and his disciple, Beethoven

Haydn
Variations F-Minor Hob.XVII:6
Capriccio G-Major Hob.XVII:1
Sonata D-Major Hob.XVI:37
Sonata B-Minor Hob.XVI:32
Sonata E-flat-Major Hob.XVI:49


Beethoven: Seven Bagatelles op.33
Andante grazioso quasi allegretto (E♭ major)
Scherzo - Allegro (C major)
Allegretto (F major)
Andante (A major)
Allegro ma non troppo (C major)
Allegretto quasi andante (D major)
Presto (A♭ major)


Ekaterina Derzhavina is a Moscow-born pianist. She studied at Gnessin Russian Music Academy. Her professors included Vladimir Tropp. In 1992 she won First Prize in the JS Bach Competition, Würzburg. She has performed around the world and has recorded numerous CDs, including an award-winning complete piano sonatas of Haydn and the Goldberg variations. Both of these recordings received rave reviews on Amazon. Links to the reviews, below.

Reach the Bach reviews

Read the Haydn reviews

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 may select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert except where otherwise advised. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 

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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