Thursday, April 30, 2015

Elizaveta Ivanova plays Harpsichord and Piano

Two programs - one harpsichord, one piano



First Prize, Verona International Piano Competition, 2012
First Prize, Elise Meyer Scholarship Competition, Hamburg, 
2012 Steinway F├Ârderpreis 2013, 
Bl├╝thner Golden Tone Award 2013, 
and many others



Thursday, 30th April, 6pm

Harpsichord Program



This beautiful instrument is made from pear wood and is a reproduction of an 18th century bent-side spinet. It has a rich and luscious sound, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics in the music room.

Scarlatti Sonata K.409 in B minor
Sweeklinck, Variations on the theme, 'Mein junges Leben'
Rameau, Suite in A minor
JS Bach, French Overture, BWV 831

This is a diversified program, with works from two periods and four countries. We begin with two short works: first by Italian composer, Domenico Scarlatti and second, by the earlier, Dutch, composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562 - 1621) who straddled the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque.

Then there will be two major works. First, the Suite in A minor of French composer, Jean-Philippe Rameau, born two years before Bach in 1683. This is a work of exquisite beauty, in seven movements.

Finally, Elizaveta will perform Bach's Overture in the French Style. This is one of Bach's most substantial works, wonderfully balanced in 11 movements ranging from lively to tranquil and containing some of the composer's richest music.

Sunday 3rd May, 4pm*
*note the special time for this concert
Piano Program 

Beethoven, Sonata no. 16 in G major, op.31 no. 1
Composed between 1801 and 1802, the opus 31 sonatas demonstrate Beethoven's exploration with the unconventional. The first movement of op.31 no. 1 is strikingly original with a humorous, jaunty exposition in the first movement and a cascading development section of brilliant virtuosity. The slow movement evokes an almost drunken lilt with a nutty second subject. The third and final movement is light and charming, culminating in an understated finale.

Rachmaninoff, Three Moments Musicaux, op.16, nos. 1,3 and 4. 
These are three short, sumptuous and lyrical works.

CPE Bach, Sonata in G Major Wq. 55/6.

Prokofiev, Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, op. 84 
This is a mighty work, written in 1944. According to Boris Berman, it is Prokofiev's most expansive sonata. Sviatoslav Richter said of the work, "Of all Prokofiev’s sonatas, this is the richest. It has a complex inner life, profound and full of contrasts... like a tree with heavy fruit." Needless to say, this sonata is a work of great technical and musical challenge to which Elizaveta is equal. 







Elizaveta Ivanova is a versatile and accomplished musician, playing both piano and harpsichord and having won so many awards that I can't list them all. She graduated from Moscow Conservatory in 2011 with honours where she studied harpsichord as well as piano. Elizaveta is now a post graduate student at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. She is currently preparing a disseratation on CPE Bach. 

Elizaveta has performed around the world in fifteen countries (excluding her native Russia): Austria, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Thailand will be her sixteenth!

Elizaveta first came to my attention with her performance of Prokofiev's 8th sonata, which was riveting, as I expect her performances at Eelswamp will be.



Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for both. 


Email asiachart@hotmail.com for reservations. For more information 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: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html
If you haven't been here before I strongly urge you to find the venue before the day of the concert.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Chopin and Beyond


Two Three piano recitals
 by
Evgeny Starodubtsev



Laureate, Honens International Piano Competition, 2009
First Prize, 2008 Parnassos International Piano Competition, Monterrey, Mexico
First Prize, Ciurlionis Competition, 2011
Equal First Prize (with Andrey Gugnin) Valsesia Competition, 2014


"An accomplished and probing artist" New York Times



Friday, 3rd April, 6pm

All Chopin



Four Scherzi
Chopin elevated the classical 'scherzo' movement to a stand alone work. They follow the form of the classical scherzo (A-B-A) but are much more elaborate. Chopin wrote four scherzi and we are going to hear the complete set.
Barcarolle
 A sumptuous waltz depicting a gondola in Venice.
12 Etudes op. 25
Chopin's second set of 'studies'. Even though each study focuses on a technical gesture, these works are far more than mere technical exercises. They comprise some of Chopin's most engaging music.


Sunday, April 5th, 5pm 


Beyond Chopin 
(or 'Men in Hats')
- music of the 20th century and a bit of Liszt





Szymanowski, Two Mazurkas
Szymanowski, Two Masques, opus. 34, Note program change

No. 2 Tantris the Clown and 
No. 3. Don Juan Serenade
Polish composer, Karol Szymanowski, was much influenced by Chopin. His piano works follow the form and mood created by his predecessor, but with a distinctive style. Szymanowski's Masques were written in 1915 to 1916, 75 years after Chopin's etudes and among his most popular piano works.

Prokofiev, Sonata no. 5 

Written in 1923 in Paris, Prokofiev commented that the sonata was inspired by "the Parisian atmosphere, where complex patterns and dissonances were the accepted thing".

Liszt, Spanish Rhapsody
This mature Liszt work, written in 1863, features variations on Spanish themes, including the spanish dance, the jota and the "La Folia" theme, used by Beethoven in the slow movement of the Fifth Symphony.

Scriabin, Sonata no.7
Subtitled, "The White Mass", this sonata was written in 1911, towards the end of Scriabin's interrupted life-span. Scriabin allegedly wrote the sonata as an exorcism of the dark forces conjured up in his sixth sonata. According to Vladimir Ashkenazy, Scriabin intended the mood of the piece to be ecstatic, evoking images of winged flight, voluptuous rapture and overwhelming forces.

Stravinsky, Three Movements from Petrushka
This is a wonderful, vibrant adaption of themes from Stravinsky's opera, Petrushka. 

Monday 6th April, 6pm, Encore Program  
newly added program

Selections from the two programs on 3rd and 5th plus:

Schubert's magnificent Fantasia in F minor for four hands 



Evgeny and his wife, Alexandra Lotova, also a talented pianist, will play Schubert's Fantasy in F minor for four hands, one of the most beautiful works for four hands in the repertoire.


Price for this concert is:
500 baht if you booked for both other concerts - children free
800 baht if you booked for one other in this series (either 3rd or 5th)
1200 baht if you booked for neither 3rd nor 5th April but want to come to this one.

Evgeny Starodubtsev is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. He came to fame as a laureate of the Honens Competition in 2009. Honens is a Canadian CD label which operates a piano competition. As part of the prize Evgeny recorded a CD which was described by the New York Times as, "an impressive recording". The magazine Audiophile wrote that Starodubtsev's fingers 'glisten and sing' with 'delicious sauvity'.



Evgeny (left) and Andrey Gugnin receiving first prize at the Valsesia Competition last year




Evgeny performing the Spanish Rhapsody of Liszt


Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for both. 


Email asiachart@hotmail.com for reservations. For more information 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:  http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html. If you haven't been here before I strongly urge you to find the venue before the day of the concert.

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