Sunday, June 12, 2016

Slavic dreams and dances


A program of Slavic music for piano 
with a generous portion of Chopin Mazurkas


Marina Horak, piano

"Marina Horak has a beautiful technique, passion and authority." 
Olivier Messiaen, Paris

"Exceptional qualities of a complete musician." Janez Matičič, composer, Paris, France

"Marina Horak is an excellent pianist. It was playing of immense colour and fire yet always in perfect control." Peter Platt, Professor of Music, University of Sydney, Australia

"This recital was one of the most moving experiences I have had for a long time and it will remain unforgettable for everyone who was present." Peter Feuchtwanger, pianist and composer, London

Sunday, 12th June, 5pm

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Dumka op. 59 in C minor
A very popular solo piano piece with wonderful Russian melodies and dance rhythms. It was featured prominently among contestants in the Tchaikovsky Competition last year. 

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
9 Préludes op. 1

Polish-Ukraine composer, Szymanowski wrote this tour de force at the age of 18. Despite his youth, and the obvious influence of Scriabin, the composer's unique style is apparent.

Marko Tajčević (1900-1984)
Seven Balkan Dances

This is one the composer's most famous and accessible pieces with fantastic 'ethnic' rhythms. It has been recorded extensively in both original piano version and orchestral version.


Lucijan Marija Škerjanc (1900-1973)
Sonata (1956)

A very interesting short work by one of the most prominent Slovenian composers.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Six Mazurkas
Mazurka op 24/1 G minor                                                                                                         Mazurka op 24/2 C major
Mazurka op 24/3 A flat major
Mazurka op. 68/2 A minor
Mazurka op. 17/4 A minor
Mazurka op. 50/3 C sharp minor

Chopin wrote at least 59 mazurkas - all of them wonderful. Marina will play six of them, ranging from early to late works.

Barcarolle op. 60 F sharp major. 
Enchanting work depicting a boat journey and probably inspired by a stormy voyage Chopin took from Marseilles to Genoa.

Marina Horak is a highly regarded and well-established Slovenian pianist. She has impressed many famous musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin and Olivier Messiaen. She was a student of Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Boulanger was the teacher of many great musicians of the twentieth century, such as Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Daniel Barenboim and Astor Piazzolla. 

Marina is a winner of the Betetto Award, which is the highest musical award in Slovenia. Marina is now Professor of Chamber Music at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She has a busy performance schedule which takes her all over the world and has played with orchestras, chamber groups and singers too many to mention here. Take a look at her website.

Reservations: 1,000 baht per person.

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.

Directions to Eelswamp
: can be found at the bottom of this page: If you haven't been to Eelswamp before I strongly urge you to find the venue before the day of the concert.

Taxi service to Eelswamp: we recommend Grabtaxi

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