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 for reservations. For more information call 038 069681 during office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day. 

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