Wednesday, May 2, 2018

From The Passionate to The Inferno

Sunday May 6th, 5pm

HyoungWuk Kim, piano

Beethoven, Sonata no.23 in F minor, op.57, Appassionata. One of the greatest and technically challenging piano sonatas, this work needs no introduction.

Ligeti, Musica Ricercata. Written in 1953 by Hungarian composer Gyorgi Ligeti.

This work has eleven movements, each of which becomes progressively more complex, adding a tone to each successive movement. 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 and 16
Scriabin wrote no fewer than 15 sets of preludes, as well as many other single works entitled, 'prelude'. The selection we will hear is from the earliest set, op. 11, written in 1896, concluding with the Horowitz showpiece, no. 16.

Liszt, Dante Sonata: This is the final piece in Liszt's Second Year of Pilgrimage, 'Italy'. The full title of the work is, 'Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata'. It represents the descent into the Inferno and, as described by, is

...a work that demands vast reserves of both intricate dexterity and raw muscular endurance from any pianist who hopes to emerge--as Dante himself does at the end of Inferno--unscathed

HyoungWuk Kim has an interesting history, having been a trumpeter in the South Korean military before deciding to focus on his piano studies. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, one of the top music acadamies in the United States, having completed his doctorate under Nelita True, described by Clavier Companion as “One of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.”.  HyoungWuk is brought to us by Mongkol, of D and M Studios.

Reservations: 1,000 baht. 

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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.

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