Monday, December 31, 2018

Eelswamp Calendar 2018



January 2018

Sobolev: Romantic Variations and Scriabin
Sergey Sobolev, piano
Winner of Berliner International Music Competition, 2017
Student of the celebrated Russian Scriabin expert, Mikhail Voskresensky


Friday 19th January, 6pm

Romantic Variations
Haydn's almost-romantic Variations in F minor
Beethoven's triumphal 'Eroica Variations'
Schumann's virtuosic set of variations: Etudes Symphoniques



Sunday, 21st January, 5pm
Six sonatas of Alexander Scriabin

 Numbers 2, 6 and 10 and  4, 9 and 5, in that order.


Sergey is a student of one of the great Scriabin interpreters, Mikhail Voskresensky. Sergey gave a wonderful all-Scriabin recital on his first visit to Eelswamp in 2014. He has compiled a new all-Scriabin program featuring early and late works of the mad Russian genius.

February 

Chamber music: Beethoven, Schubert and Bach
Dimitri Papadopoulos, Alexandre Vay and Tasana Nagavajara





Friday 9th, 6pm: 
Beethoven Cello and Piano works
Sonatas nos. 3,4 and 5 and Handel Variations

Alexandre Vay, cello
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano

Sunday 11, 5pm
The Schubert Trios

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

Trio no. 1 op.99 in B flat and 

Trio no. 2 op.100 in E flat

These are two masterpieces of Schubert's late output. We heard these two trios in October 2015. They were originally scheduled for performance in Bangkok but the performance was cancelled due to the passing of His Majesty the Late King. At Tasana's request, the trios are being rescheduled in Bangkok. I couldn't resist having a performance at Eelswamp as well. 

Thursday 15th, 6pm

Bach Cello in G and D
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano
Alexandre Vay, cello

Two Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard 

No. 1 G Major BWV 1027
No. 2 in D Major BWV 1028

Bach Cello Suites 
No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007
No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012



March
Gugnin and B, B, B and B
Andrey Gugnin, piano
Winner of 2015 Gina Bachauer Competition
Winner of 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition



Friday 9th, 6pm 

Gugnin Solo performance

Shostakovich Piano Sonata no. 1
Shostakovich 24 Preludes, op 34
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka 
Chopin Sonata no. 3 in B minor op. 58


Sunday 11th, 5pm
B, B, B and B
Gugnin with Tasana Nagavajara, violin

Brahms Violin Sonata in D ​minor
Brahms Scherzo from Sonata FAE

Beethoven Sonata no. 28 op. 101
Bach-Busoni Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532.


Full program details here: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2018/02/andrey-gugnin-winner-of-syndey.html

April


Friday, 6th April, 7pm

Kristine Balanas, violin and Ilan Rechtman, piano

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (violin and piano version)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 8 Op. 30 no. 3
Wieniawsky: Polonaise brilliant, Op. 21






Sunday, 8th April, 5pm *

Kanae Furomoto, piano
Second visit to Eelswamp

Exotic Journey

Godowsky: From ‘Java Suite’
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy
Barber: Excursions Op.20 .
Albeniz: Asturias and Castilla, from Suite Española No.1 Op.47
Debussy: "La soiree dans Grenade"
Symanowski: Isle of the Sirens, Calypso and Nausicaa from Metopes Op.29
Balakirev: Oriental Fantasy "Islamey" 

Kanae gave a very fine performance of works inspired by Shakespear, in December 2015. She plays well an has interesting themes for her programs. 

*1,000 baht per person

May

Sunday 6th, 5pm*

From the Passionate to the Inferno

HyoungWuk Kim, piano

Ligeti, from the Eelswamp portrait gallery




















Beethoven, Sonata in F minor, op.57, Appassionata

Ligeti, Musica Ricercata. This is the highlight of the program. It was completed in 1953 by Hungarian composer Gyorgi Ligeti. 

The work has eleven movements, each of which becomes progressively more tonally complex. The first movement starts with two notes albeit in different octaves, the second movement three notes and so on... until the 11th movement, which uses all 12 notes of the scale. The work is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. It appealed to Stanley Kubrick, who used one of the movements for his movie, 'Eyes Wide Shut'. 

Scriabin, Preludes op.11 nos 1, 6 , 10, 14, 16
Liszt, Dante Sonata- the descent into the Inferno

http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2018/03/from-passionate-to-inferno.html

HyoungWuk Kim teaches at the Eastman School of Music, one of the top music acadamies in the United States.  

*1,000 baht per person


Friday 11th, 6pm*

Pro Musica Sextet

Leo Phillips and Tasana Nagavajara, violins
Born Lau and Omporn Kowintha, violas

Leslie Tan and Panyaphat Wongwechwiwat, cellos



Mozart: Grand Sextet Concertante 
A transcription of the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat K 364

Dvorak: String Sextet in A major op. 48

http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2018/03/mozart-and-dvorak-for-string-sextet.html

*1000 baht per person


June

Friday 22nd, 6pm*
Tra Nguyen, piano

Schubert: The Darkening Landscape
Three sonatas from the beginning of the late period of Schubert's life, starting in 1823, when the composer became seriously ill, yet still managed to compose 'magical music'.




Sonata no. 14 in A minor, D.784,(1823)
Sonata no. 15 in C major, D.840 (1825)
Sonata no. 16 in A minor, D.845 (1825)

Tra Nguyen is a British-Vietnamese pianist. She has performed the complete Schubert piano sonatas in London, described by Musicweb as a,

“... top-class performance by Nguyen, her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life.” MusicWeb International

Tra Nguyen is a graduate of the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, the Moscow Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed in Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious solo venues in London, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Kennedy Center, among others. She has recorded for Sterling Records and Naxos.

*1000 baht per person

Blog post here: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2018/05/schubert-darkening-landscape.html

Saturday 30th, 5pm*
Carles and Sofia, Piano Duo from Spain

Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja have been performing together for more than thirty years. Their career has taken them around the world, with performances in the Americas, Asia and Europe. They have recorded ten CDs and collaborated with ABC FM in Australia, Radio France and Prague Radio.

Program
Transcriptions of works by Schubert, Brahms and Manuel de Falla, comprising
Schubert: Five Songs
Brahms: Six Songs
De Falla: selections from The Three Cornered Hat and El Amor Brujo

Full program on the blog post: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2018/05/on-lighter-note.html





*1000 baht per person



Second half of the year to be confirmed:
Moye Chen - tentative
September: Evgeny Starodubtsev and Alexandra Lotova, Messiaen, 'Vingt Regards',  Mendelssohn Octet (four hands) and Mozart Sonatas.
November -early: Anupama Bhagwat, sitar
November -late: Corey Hamm, piano: Rzewski 'People United', Prokofiev 8th, Dutilleux Sonata and Kapustin's Sonata no.2
December: Alberto Ferro, winner of the 2017, Bonn Beethoven Competition.
2019
February: Ilya and Erzhan: Liszt Anne de Pelerinage Book 2, "Italy" complete, Prokofiev violin sonatas nos 1 and 2 and Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
March, early: Gugnin


Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two in the same series. 1,000 baht for concerts marked with '*'.

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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Saturday, June 30, 2018

On a lighter note

Saturday 30th June, 5pm

Piano Duo from Spain
Carles and Sofia



“Duo with a rare and spectacular synchronisation …Their technical qualities shine in the service of a truly great power to communicate and a capacity for expression …” Scherzo Magazine

“Their Schubert is elegant and refined...The waltzes by Brahms present some complexities of expression which Lama and Cabruja resolve with the greatest elegance...Their Brahms possesses a renowned symphonic sound, a majesty evident in the touch...” CD Compact


Carles Lama & Sofia Cabruja are a paragon of artistic talent in the world of classical music and one of the Europe´s most renowned piano duos. Hellostage.com

Songs and Dances of Schubert, Brahms and De Falla

Schubert Five Songs
(Transcription for 4 hands piano: Christoph Ewers)
An die Musik
Auf dem Wasser
Du bist die Ruh
Ständchen
Ungeduld

Brahms Six Songs
(Transcription for 4 hands piano: Christoph Ewers)
Hochgetürmte Rimaflut
Wie Melodien ziht es mir
Dein blaues Auge
Von ewiger Liebe
Wie bist du meine Königin
Meine Liebe ist grün

Manuel de Falla “El Sombrero de Tres Picos”
(Transcription for 4 hands piano: Abraham Espinosa)
Danza de los Vecinos
Danza del Molinero
Danza de la Molinera

Manuel de Falla “El Amor Brujo”
(Transcription for 4 hands piano: Abraham Espinosa and Daniel Basomba)
Danza del Terror
El círculo mágico
Canción del Fuego Fatuo
Pantomima
Danza Ritual del Fuego


Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja have been performing together for more than thirty years. Their career has taken them around the world, with performances in the Americas, Asia and Europe in world capitals such as Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Belgrade, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Buenos Aires. Their repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st century and includes all major works for piano four hands together with the most brilliant and demanding orchestral transcriptions.


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 can 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. 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, May 11, 2018

Schubert: The Darkening Landscape


Friday, 22nd June, 6pm

Tra Nguyen, piano



"a performance of surpassing keyboard artistry and passion." 
Stephen Haller, American Record Guide  


"[S]tylish aplomb. Altogether an engaging and attractive discovery." 
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

"...she has technique to burn"
Martin Anderson, International Piano 

"The night undoubtedly belonged to Nguyen, who showed herself to be a virtuoso capable of coupling power with poetry and intelligence with a commanding technique. ... Tra Nguyen’s is a name to look out for." Mark Thomas - RAFF.ORG

"Rich with poetry and lyricism, Tra's touch is profound, subtle, and at the same time deeply intellectual."  Minh Chau - Music Magazine


Schubert: The Darkening Landscape 1823 - 1825

Three sonatas from the beginning of the late period of Schubert's life, starting in 1823, when the composer became seriously ill, realizing that the end was near, yet still managed to compose 'magical music'.




Sonata no. 14 in A minor, D.784,(1823)
A masterpiece in every respect: sparse, succinct, dark and resolute, with contrasting moments of tenderness and fury. This is the work of a man staring into the abyss. The virtuosic, whirlwind finale will take your breath away.

Sonata no. 15 in C major, D.840 (1825) - unfinished
Schubert only completed two movements of this sonata. They are nonetheless so original and appealing that they were published posthumously.

Sonata no. 16 in A minor, D.845 (1825)
This is the most substantial of the set, with four movements. It is less severe than its A minor companion, no. 14, with more of the sonorous charm for which Schubert is famous.  The song-like theme and variation movement and the virtuosic finale are reminiscent of Beethoven's middle period in levity but infused with Schubert's inimitable charm.

These are three works of genius which are overshadowed by the last three sonatas (C minor, A major and B flat). When I proposed them to Tra she responded, "Oh! That's a great set." Come and discover this great set, performed by a first-class pianist.

Tra Nguyen is a British-Vietnamese pianist. She studied at Moscow Conservatory with the legendary pedagogue, 
Lev Naumov, nicknamed,  "The Godfather of the Russian piano school". Naumov taught many famous pianists, such as Andrei Gavrilov, Vladimir Viardo and Alexei Sultanov. In 1997 Tra went to London. She studied with professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy's highest award for her final recital.

Tra has performed the complete Schubert piano sonatas in London, described by Musicweb as a,

“... top-class performance ..., her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life.” MusicWeb International

She has performed in Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious solo venues in London, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Kennedy Center, among others. She has recorded for Sterling Records and Naxos.


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 of the concert.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room will be according to the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat). Pay early and get the best seats.

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. 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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Mozart and Dvorak for String Sextet


Friday, 11th May, 6pm

Pro Musica Sextet


Leo Phillips and Tasana Nagavajara, violins

Born Lau and Omporn Kowintha, violas

Leslie Tan and Panyaphat Wongwechwiwat, cellos






Mozart: Grand Sextet Concertante 
A transcription of the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat K 364




Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is one of his finest orchestral works. It was written in 1779, when the composer was 23 year-old. Although strictly speaking a hybrid symphony and concerto, it is effectively a concerto for two soloists. It is a remarkable work with lyrical intertwining of the solo passages reminiscent of an operatic duet. There is something magical about this music, as musicologist Richard Wigmore observed,

"The initial entry of the soloists, suspended high above the orchestra’s cadential phrases, is one of the most magical moments in any Mozart concerto."

The original orchestral version was transcribed for string sextet in 1808. According to Edward Rothstein, "the work was transformed from a drama involving duo soloists playing against orchestral textures to a fabric of interacting melodic lines." This is the version we will hear.

This should be a fantastic performance with the largest group of musicians yet to perform at Eelswamp. Don't miss it!

Dvořák: String Sextet in A major op. 48




Composed in 1878, this work was Dvorak's first international success, being performed by celebrity violinist Joseph Joachim and friends in Berlin in London. It's a lively work in four jolly movements, similar in spirit to the composer's earlier hit, the Slavonic Dances op. 46 with plenty of folk melodies and dances. 

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 can 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. 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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