Friday, September 14, 2018

Three M's

Mozart, Mendelssohn and Messiaen

Evgeny Starodubtsev, piano
joined by Alexandra Lotova in the first program

Friday, September 14th, 6pm

Bach: Toccata in F Sharp Minor, performed by Evgeny

Mozart: Sonata no.12 in F major, K332 and Sonata no.13 in B flat, K333, performed by Alexandra Lotova

Mendelssohn: Octet op.20, arranged for four hands by the composer, performed by Evgeny and Alexandra.
This ebulliant work was written by the precocious boy-wonder at the age of 16. It was originally scored for two string quartets. Mendelssohn, himself, made the reduction for four hands which we will hear - a truly delightful work.

Sunday, September 16th, 5pm

"One of the great peaks of 20th Century piano writing." Groves

Olivier Messiaen in 1945

Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-J├ęsus (twenty visions or gazes at the infant Jesus) is one of the great musical masterpieces of the twentieth century. According to Groves, Vingt Regards, ...forms one of the great peaks of 20th Century piano writing.

It is a suite of twenty pieces, unified in a cycle of themes, much like Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. It is was written in Paris in 1944 while the Nazis were being repelled from the city and, no doubt, derives inspiration from that tumultuous period. 

Although inspired by religious themes, the work is much more than religious music. It contains rhythms alluding to Stravinsky's Right of Spring. It has a structure similar to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, albeit on a grander scale, with recurring themes (the Promenade) tying the cycle together and culminating in a rousing finale reminiscent of Mussorgsky's finale, The Great Gate Of Kiev, in Pictures. Messiaen was influenced by ancient Greek and Hindustani rhythms. His music also alludes to late Liszt, Stravinsky and Debussy. It contains its own, unique, 'bird music', reflecting the fact that Messiaen was a keen ornithologist. There are also allusions to jazz and latin rhythms, such as samba.

The Vingt Regards is a work of great virtuosity and as well as being carried along by the superb music, a live performance is a visual treat as well, replete with all the acrobatics that a piano work can offer. 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this great work performed by a great artist.

* please note that this program is not suitable for children.

Evgeny Starodubtsev is a graduate of piano and composition from Moscow Conservatory. His long list of wins at international piano competitions (at least 17 first prizes) began in 2004 with first prize at the International Piano Competition "Compositores de Espa'a", in Madrid. Since then, the list of first prizes is too extensive to list (never mind second and third prizes!). Here are a few from recent years:

First Prize, International Competition La Palma d'Oro 2018
First Prize, International Piano Competition Maria Herrero, 2017
First Prize, Pietro Argento Competition, Italy, July 2016
First Prize, 21st International Competition, Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize, Italy, 2016 
First Prize, 10th Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Competition, May 2016
First Prize, 24th Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition, Italy November 2015
First Prize, Palma d'Oro Competition, July 2015
First Prize, Nuova Coppa Pianisti Prize, 2015
First Prize, Roma International Piano Competition, 2015

Evgeny has won many other prizes in competitions in Spain, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, France, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Serbia amongst other countries.

Evgeny has performed at top venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. Evgeny specializes in 20th Century music. He has recorded works of Szymanowski, Schoenberg and Hindemith on the Honens label and Prokofiev, Ginastera, Szymanowski and Bartok on Anima Records.

Evgeny is a regular visitor to Eelswamp in Pattaya. Last year he was invited to perform Frederic Rzewski's 'People United' variations which he accomplished brilliantly. During his visit I suggested that he tackle the Vingt Regards. We sat and listened to my favourite recording. After finishing Evgeny was inspired and, upon his return to Moscow, sent me a message that he had started preparing.

Alexandra Lotova is a graduate from Central Musical School of Moscow in 2000. In 2005 Alexandra graduated from Gnesin music academy of Moscow, one of the top music academies in Russia. Her teacher was Professor S. Margaritov. Alexandra has played frequently with Yuri Bashmet's orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”. Especially successful she was her interpretation the Third Concerto of Rachmaninov in St. Petersburg in 2011. She  frequently performs solo recitals in Russia as well as chamber music and  works for four hands and two pianos. For example, she gave a wonderful performance of Schubert's F minor Fantasy for four hands at Eelswamp with Yevgeny. She has also performed in Finland, Serbia, Germany, Greece and Italy. Alexandra’s repertoire is extremely wide and includes music of all styles from early Baroque to the middle XX century.  

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two in the same series. 

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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 except where otherwise advised. 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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