Monday, October 13, 2014

Fantasy and Mystery

Two piano programs by

Sergey Sobolev

11th, 13th and 14th October

only at Eelswamp

Graduate of Moscow Conservatory 
Royal College of Music, London

1st Prize Nikolai Rubinstein Competition, Moscow
2nd Prize International Liszt Competition, Weimar
3rd Prize International Scriabin Competition, Moscow
4th Prize Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow
Laureate, International Santander Competition
Laureate, Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels

Two separate programs

Fantasy and Rhapsody
A program of musical fantasies and rhapsodies from the 18th to 20th centuries

Saturday, October 11th, 5pm sold out. 
Repeat Program: Tuesday, 14th October, 6pm:  places still available

Schubert, Fantasie in C major, Op. 15 (D. 760), The Wanderer Fantasy
Chopin, Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
Mozart, Fantasia in C minor, K396
Brahms, Rhapsody no. 1 in B minor, Op.79, no.1
Scriabin, Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28
Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody no 9 in E flat major, 'Carnival in Pest'

Watch and listen to this remarkable performance by Sergey at the Liszt Competition, Weimar. 

Mysterious music of late Liszt and Alexander Scriabin

Monday October 13th, 6pm

Poeme Satanique, Op. 36
Trois Morceaux, Op. 52: Poeme, Enigme, Poeme Languide
Deux Danses, Op. 73: Flammes Sombres and Guirlandes
Sonata no. 9, "The Black Mass", Op. 68
Two Poemes, Op. 32
Sonata No.5, Op. 53

Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este. Threnodie (1) from Années de Pèlerinage III
Mosonyis Grabgeleit, S.194 
Mephisto Polka, S. 217
'Danza sacra e duetto finale' from Verdi's Aida S. 436
La Lugubre Gondola no.2, S. 134 "The Lugubrious Gondolier"
Bagatelle Sans Tonalité, S 216a
Sursum Corda from Années de Pèlerinage III

Over the last two decades of his life, Franz Liszt's style underwent a remarkable change: from the flamboyant and grandiose to the contemplative and profound. His late period style influenced nearly all the composers that followed him, from the impressionists, such as Debussy and Ravel, to Stravinsky and Scriabin.

Alexander Scriabin was a Russian pianist and composer who lived from 1872 to 1915. He is also one of the great transformationalists in classical music. In his early years his compositional style was influenced by Chopin. But Scriabin developed a unique style that mirrored his eccentric personality. Scriabin was a master of the miniature, many of which are only a minute or two in length. We will hear seven of these miniatures from his middle and late periods. Scriabin's ten piano sonatas are among the greatest compositions of his period and demonstrate the transition from the romantic to the mysterious. We will hear two sonatas: his pivotal fifth sonata and his mysterious, ninth, sonata.

A graduate of both the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London, 32 year-old Sergey Sobolev is a veteran of the competition circuit with six major trophies on his mantlepiece. But more than a mere musical gladiator, he is a highly polished musician with a discerning taste and a remarkable technique. Sergey and I spent many (enjoyable) email exchanges devising and refining the two programs that we will hear in October in order that they be both thematic and accessible to the audience. I urge you to mark your calendar and attend both of these events.

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for both. Email or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day. If you are unable to attend we will make our best effort to sell your place after 30 places have been sold.

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