Friday, May 11, 2018

Schubert: The Darkening Landscape

Friday, 22nd June, 6pm

Tra Nguyen, piano

"a performance of surpassing keyboard artistry and passion." 
Stephen Haller, American Record Guide  

"[S]tylish aplomb. Altogether an engaging and attractive discovery." 
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

"...she has technique to burn"
Martin Anderson, International Piano 

"The night undoubtedly belonged to Nguyen, who showed herself to be a virtuoso capable of coupling power with poetry and intelligence with a commanding technique. ... Tra Nguyen’s is a name to look out for." Mark Thomas - RAFF.ORG

"Rich with poetry and lyricism, Tra's touch is profound, subtle, and at the same time deeply intellectual."  Minh Chau - Music Magazine

Schubert: The Darkening Landscape 1823 - 1825

Three sonatas from the beginning of the late period of Schubert's life, starting in 1823, when the composer became seriously ill, realizing that the end was near, yet still managed to compose 'magical music'.

Sonata no. 14 in A minor, D.784,(1823)
A masterpiece in every respect: sparse, succinct, dark and resolute, with contrasting moments of tenderness and fury. This is the work of a man staring into the abyss. The virtuosic, whirlwind finale will take your breath away.

Sonata no. 15 in C major, D.840 (1825) - unfinished
Schubert only completed two movements of this sonata. They are nonetheless so original and appealing that they were published posthumously.

Sonata no. 16 in A minor, D.845 (1825)
This is the most substantial of the set, with four movements. It is less severe than its A minor companion, no. 14, with more of the sonorous charm for which Schubert is famous.  The song-like theme and variation movement and the virtuosic finale are reminiscent of Beethoven's middle period in levity but infused with Schubert's inimitable charm.

These are three works of genius which are overshadowed by the last three sonatas (C minor, A major and B flat). When I proposed them to Tra she responded, "Oh! That's a great set." Come and discover this great set, performed by a first-class pianist.

Tra Nguyen is a British-Vietnamese pianist. She studied at Moscow Conservatory with the legendary pedagogue, 
Lev Naumov, nicknamed,  "The Godfather of the Russian piano school". Naumov taught many famous pianists, such as Andrei Gavrilov, Vladimir Viardo and Alexei Sultanov. In 1997 Tra went to London. She studied with professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy's highest award for her final recital.

Tra has performed the complete Schubert piano sonatas in London, described by Musicweb as a,

“... top-class performance ..., her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life.” MusicWeb International

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.

Reservations: 1,000 baht. 

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Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room will be according to the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat). Pay early and get the best seats.

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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