Friday, February 27, 2015

Gugnin returns to Eelswamp

Andrey Gugnin plays three programs 

Featuring Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Brahms

First Prize, Gina Bachauer Competition, USA, June 2014
Equal First Prize*, Concorso Valsesia, Italy, September 2014
Second Prize, International Beethoven Competition, Vienna 2013

Andrey Gugnin thrilled and delighted our audience in March last year with performances of Rachmaninoff's Preludes op. 32, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and an all Beethoven Program, including an Appassionata Sonata like no other! Since visiting us last year he has triumphed in two major international competitions, winning the prestigious Gina Bachauer Competition in the USA and coming equal first in the Concorso Valsesia, in Italy.

1. Solo program on Saturday, 28th February at 5pm 

Franz Liszt: Twelve Transcendental Etudes (Études d'exécution transcendante)
Liszt's Sonnetto 104 del Petrarca and 
Rachmaninoff Elegy
Rachmaninoff-Tchaikovsky Lullaby

The Liszt Transcendental Etudes are one of the most ambitious and virtuosically brilliant sets of 'studies' in the musical repertoire. No doubt inspired by Chopin's 'etudes', Liszt's studies are more elaborate and substantial. Each is a masterpiece. Together the twelve studies comprise one of the greatest technical challenges of the piano repertoire and an inspired musical journey.

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2. Solo program on Sunday, 1st March at 5pm

Liszt Transcendental Etudes - selection
Andrey will select six or seven of the twelve etudes for the first half of the program.

Tchaikovsky Nocturne, op. 10 no.1 and Humoresque, op. 10 no.2
Two tuneful, short pieces, offering a respite from the fireworks of the Liszt and the piece to follow.

Arno Babajanian Six Pictures (1965)
Armenian Composer, Arno Babajanian (1921 - 1983) is described as 'an extraordinary musical talent' who came to the attention of Kachaturian when still a boy. His Six Pictures, 1965, is a collection of extraordinary rhythms and musical textures lasting around eleven minutes. According to Andrey, the piece is very popular in Russia. It will be a great opportunity to hear him play this work in Thailand. 

Jacques Ibert  (1890 - 1962) - Petite Suite in Fifteen Images (1944)
Ibert was a French composer with an extensive repertoire of Orchestral, operatic, chamber and solo music. His music is lyrical, 'tinged with gentle humour' and a touch of classicism. Andrey assures me that the Petite Suite is 'wonderful music' but 'there are no good recordings of it.' So let him persuade us!

Tchaikovsky-Feinberg Scherzo from Symphony no. 6.
This is a dazzling transcription of the third movement of the sixth symphony, the Pathétique. 

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3. Piano Quintet program on Tuesday, 3rd March at 6pm

Brahms piano solo: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24

Brahms piano and string quartet: Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34

Andrey Gugnin Piano and members of Pro Musica

Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Pitchayapa Lueangtawikit, violin
David Abrahamyan, viola
Jaime Rapado, cello

Tasana Nagavajara, violin

The Handel Variations is one of Brahms's two famous works for the piano in variation form. (The other is the Paganini Variations.) Brahms combines the romantic and the baroque in this original work, which was one of Andrey's winning performances at the Gina Bachauer Competition, last year. 

The Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor is one of the greatest works in the chamber music repertoire. It is a grand and powerful work. The first movement, according to one musicologist, is 'an epic all of its own'. 

Tasana Nagavajara is the Deputy Dean of Silpakorn University, former concertmaster and first violin of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and reincarnator of the Pro Musica Orchestra. We heard Tasana perform with our French cello and piano team last May in a stunning performance of Beethoven's Ghost Trio. I heard Tasana in a performance of the Brahms Quintet more than fifteen years ago in Bangkok and it was truly memorable. We are very fortunate to have him collaborating with Andrey and members of the Pro Musica Orchestra in a performance of this work. 

Reservations for one program: 1,200 baht
Multiple bookings: 2,000 baht for any two programs. 2,500 baht for all three.

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

Directions to Eelswamp: can be found at the bottom of this page:
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*Andrey came equal first in the Concorso Valsesia with another very talented Russian pianist, Evgeny Starodubtsev, who, by coincidence, will be visiting us next, in April.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Leo and Hiroko play Mozart

Leo Phillips and Hiroko Takemura 

play three Mozart violin sonatas

sold out

Saturday, 14th February, 2015, 5pm

Leo Phillips, violin

and Hiroko Takemura, piano

Three Mozart sonatas for violin and piano

No. 21 in E minor KV 304
No. 14 in E flat KV 481
No. 15 in A major KV 526

One performance only: Saturday, 14th February, 2015, 5pm

Leo Phillips, violin

Leo is well known to the Pattaya audience for his role as concert master and soloist with the Pro Musica Orchestra. He led the Orchestra in the Pro Musica Mozart concert at Siam Bayshore on July 12th last year and performed as a soloist in Bach's double violin concerto in a recent all-Bach Pro Musica Concert.

Leo was born in London and has performed in over sixty countries with orchestras and chamber groups. He has appeared as leader of many world-renowned orchestras including The London Philharmonic, The Hallé Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and so many more

Hiroko Takemura, piano

A native of Japan, Hiroko Takemura graduated from Kunitachi Music College in Tokyo.
She has performed extensively as a chamber musician, as a vocal accompanist, and as soloist both in recital and in concerto performances, including an appearance with The Telemann Chamber orchestra in Osaka. In addition to chamber music studies with Christopf Henkel, Hiroko studied the Piano with Josef Palenicek, Edith Picht-Axenfelt, Elvira Galionlina and Heinz Medjimorec at the Kusatsu International Music Festival, and she was a specific prizewinner at the PTINA piano competition in Japan. Hiroko has performed many recitals with Leo Phillips in Japan, this will be her first in Thailand.

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