Monday, December 31, 2018

Eelswamp Calendar 2018

Second half of 2018
Scroll down for a record of the first half of the year.

September 2018

Three M's: Mozart, Mendelssohn and Messiaen

Evgeny thrilled the audience playing Rzewski's 'People United' at Eelswamp last year

Evgeny Starodubtsev and Alexandra Lotova, piano solo and four hands

Friday 14th September 

- Evgeny and Alexandra

Bach: Toccata in F Sharp Minor performed by Evgeny

Mozart: Sonata no.12 in F major, K332 and Sonata no.13 in B flat, K333, performed by Alexandra Lotova

Mendelssohn: Octet op.20, arranged for four hands by the composer, performed by Evgeny and Alexandra.

Sunday 16th September - Evgeny solo

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus

Evgeny thrilled the audience last year with two performances of Rzewski's, "The People United". There is another epic masterpiece of the 20th century, Messian's 'Vingt Regards', or 'Twenty Visions of the Infant Jesus', written in Paris in 1944 (the time of the liberation from Nazi occupation). This remarkable work was inspired by religion. But it goes much further than a religious title would suggest, inspired by Liszt's late works, incorporating organic rhythms alluding to Stravinsky and a structure similar to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. We are very fortunate to have a performance by a true artist of this grand inspiration.

 October 2018

A Discovery

Yevheny Hepliuk, piano

Friday 19th October, 6pm

Bach: English Suite, no.6 in G Minor BWV 808 
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K545
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2 
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, op. 143

Sunday 21st October, 5pm  - Mostly Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov: Moments Musicaux, op. 16
Hepliuk: Variations on La Folia This is the theme used by Handel in his Suite in D minor, which features in Stanly Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'. 
Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux op.33 no. 7, 8, 9, op.39 no.1

Yevheniy Hepliuk is a Ukrainian pianist and composer. He was educated at the National Tchaikovsky Acadamy of Music in Kiev. Yevheniy won First Prize in the Ukrainian New Names Competition and First Prize in the National Competition, 'Con Amore Festum'. He is a member of the Ukraine National Composer's Union and is virtually unknown outside his home country. I was recently reminded that one of the original functions of Eelswamp was to discover unknown talent. Indeed, Mr Gugnin, our first international visitor to Eelswamp, was virtually unknown outside Russia when I discovered him. I hope you will find Yevheniy Hepliuk just as satisfying.

November 2018

Sunday 11th November, 7pm 

Indian Celebration

Anupama Bhagwat, sitar

Ist Prize, All India Radio Competition

"Bhagwat impressed the audience with her stunning mastery of the Sitar and gave an hour's worth of Indian music at its best" The Guardian

Rahul Pophali, tabla

One of India's finest contemporary sitar players, Anupama will be returning to Eelswamp for her second orbit in celebration of the Diwali festival.

Late November

Winner of Spotify's 'Best Classical Music Recording'

Veteran Canadian pianist, Corey Hamm

Friday, 23rd November

Rzewski: 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated'. This stirring theme and variations was one of the high points of last year's program. This year, we will revisit the masterpiece in the hands of one of its veteran performers, Corey Hamm. Corey won the 2014, Spotify award for 'Best Classical Music Recording' for his CD version of The People United.
"This is one of the finest piano performances I've heard of any music at any time, a magnificent performance beautifully recorded."  Fanfare Magazine 

Sunday, 25th November

Henri Dutilleux: Piano Sonata (1948) 
Nikolai Kapustin: Sonata no. 2, op. 54 (1989) - the most popular of the Ukraine composer's jazzy works in sonata form.
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 8 in B flat major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84. Prokofiev's masterpiece in sonata form. This is one of the most musically and technically challenging works in the 20th century repertoire.

Corey Hamm is a veteran Canadian pianist. He has performed Rzewski's 'People United' more than 80 times and has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 200 works in his illustrious career. It is only by virtue of the Canadian government's generous sponsorship of the arts that we are fortunate to have the privilege of hearing such a distinguished musician.

December 2018

Winner of the Beethoven Competition

Alberto Ferro, winner of the 2017 International Telekom Beethoven Competition, Bonn

Friday 14th December, 6pm - All Beethoven

Piano Sonata no. 6 Op. 10 n. 2 in F major
Piano Sonata no. 17 Op. 31 n. 2 “The Tempest” in D minor
Piano Sonata no. 32 Op. 111 in C minor 

Sunday 16th December, 5pm - All Chopin 

Two Nocturnes op. 55 (n. 1 in F minor, n. 2 in E-flat major) (10’)
Piano Sonata n. 2 op. 35 in B-flat minor (25’)
Barcarolle op. 60 in F-sharp major (9’)
Ballade n. 4 op. 52 in F minor (11’)
Scherzo n. 4 op. 54 in E major (12’)

Concerts held during the first half of 2018 appear below

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.


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

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:


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


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

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

*1000 baht per person


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:

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.

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:

*1000 baht per person

Second half of the year to be confirmed:
February: 15th to 17th, 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
June: 14, 15th, Dimitri and Alexandre with Tasana: Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Chopin and Rachmaninov.

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

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