Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Eelswamp Calendar 2019



Calendar 2019

Dates for the first three months:

January: Sergey Sobolev, piano  




Friday 25th: Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin Liszt

Sunday 27th: All Russian - Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Prokofiev


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February - Ilya Kondratiev, piano,  Erzhan Kulibaev, violin



Friday 15th - Paganini 24 Caprices for solo violin

Saturday 16th - Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, Book 2 complete and Schubert Impromptus op.90

Sunday 17th: Both Prokofiev Violin Sonatas and 2 Mozart Violin Sonatas K378 and K403


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March - Andrey Gugnin, piano


Friday 8th: Bach-Rachmaninov Violin Partita, Bach-Busoni Organ Prelude and Fugue BWV 532, Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata and Shostakovich's 2nd Sonata.

Sunday 10th: Russian-Polish: Tchaikovsky's Dumka, Stravinsky Firebird Transcription, Chopin Mazurkas op. 17 and Prokofiev 7th.

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June - Tasana, Dimitri and Alexandre piano trio


Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano
Alexandre Vay, cello



Friday 14th, 6pm: Mendelssohn Trio no. 1 and Chopin Cello Sonata

Saturday 15th, 5pm: Shostakovich Trio no. 2 and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata

(Note: there will be no Sunday program)




September - Starodubtsev plays Beethoven Ninth


Friday, 13th Beethoven-Liszt, Symphony no. 9 for four hands: Evgeny Starodubtsev and Alexandra Lotova, piano




Sunday, 15th The Fabulous Samuil Feinberg and Friends: Vivaldi, Bach, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky



A celebration of one of the finest Russian pianist-pedagogue-composers of the 20th Century, Samuil Feinberg, and a bit of Rachmaninov for good measure.

Vivaldi-Bach-Feinberg transcription of a transcription: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - absolutely fabulous!
Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux op 33 nos 1-6
Tchaikovsky-Feinberg transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 - absolutely fabulous!
Samuil Feinberg Sonatas number 7, 8 and 9. These are, in my opinion, the finest of the much neglected sonatas of Feinberg.

October 
The Complete Mr Hepluk 




Yevheny Hepluk returns to play five complete sets of music.

Friday October 11th, 6pm: 

Rachmaninov Preludes op.32 (complete!!), 

Chopin Preludes op.28 (complete!!), 

Sunday October 13th, 5pm: 

Tchaikovsky Seasons (complete !!) 

Brahms - 4 Ballades op. 10, complete and Two Rhapsodies op. 79 

November 
Ekaterina Derzhavina 



Friday 8th: Bach Goldberg Variations

Sunday 10th: 'Il Maestro e lo Scolare' - works of the master, Haydn and his disciple, Beethoven.


November

Michaele Benuzzi, harpsichord Bach, Handel
and someone I've never heard of



Friday 29th, 6pm

JC Graupner: Partita in C major Gwv 127

Händel: Prelude in D minor Hwv 563

Händel: Capriccio in F major Hwv 481

Händel: Chaconne in F major  Hwv 485

JS Bach: Partita no.4 in D Major Bwv 828



2020
January: Sobolov All Beethoven: Symphony no. 7, Eroica Variations, Bagatelles op. 126
Dream music: Prok 8, Stanchinsky and Chopin

February: Ilya and Erzhan
Erzhan solo: Ysaye six violin sonatas
Ilya solo: Schubert Sonata in A minor D.845 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Together: Beethoven Violin Concerto and Korngold Violin Concerto.


March: (6th -15th) Andrey Gugnin, piano 
complete Mazurkas of Scriabin and Beethoven Hammerklavier and Chopin Preludes op. 28
Sunday 9th and Friday 14th 

March 21st Bennet Lerner 76th Birthday recital and party.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Derzhavina


Ekaterina Derzhavina

plays Bach, Haydn and Beethoven

November 8th and 10th




First Prize, International Piano Competition “JS Bach” Würzburg

" ... a complete revelation, beautifully performed."

"The pure musicality which Derzhavina displays in these recordings is enough to transport one almost magically to a transcendental state."

"... her touch, musicality, and flawless technique impress mightily."

"Prepare to have your life enhanced. You could strain the vocabulary of delight simply trying to describe Haydn's piano sonatas being played by anyone, anywhere."

"... a rare example of pianistic excellence." -- MusicWeb International


Friday, November 8th, 6pm

Bach: Goldberg Variations

Bach's iconic set of thirty variations based on an aria has been described as 'a monument of Western music'. This is one of the composer's greatest hits, recorded at least 180 times (counting the list on Wiki) the most celebrated of which are the two sets by Glenn Gould.

Sunday, November 10th, 5pm

 'Il Maestro e lo Scolare' - works of the master, Haydn and his disciple, Beethoven

Haydn
Variations F-Minor Hob.XVII:6
Capriccio G-Major Hob.XVII:1
Sonata D-Major Hob.XVI:37
Sonata B-Minor Hob.XVI:32
Sonata E-flat-Major Hob.XVI:49


Beethoven: Seven Bagatelles op.33
Andante grazioso quasi allegretto (E♭ major)
Scherzo - Allegro (C major)
Allegretto (F major)
Andante (A major)
Allegro ma non troppo (C major)
Allegretto quasi andante (D major)
Presto (A♭ major)


Ekaterina Derzhavina is a Moscow-born pianist. She studied at Gnessin Russian Music Academy. Her professors included Vladimir Tropp. In 1992 she won First Prize in the JS Bach Competition, Würzburg. She has performed around the world and has recorded numerous CDs, including an award-winning complete piano sonatas of Haydn and the Goldberg variations. Both of these recordings received rave reviews on Amazon. Links to the reviews, below.

Reach the Bach reviews

Read the Haydn reviews

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

Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

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 may 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 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.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Complete Mr Hepliuk

Five complete collections of miniatures by
Rachmaninov, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Brahms



Yevheny Hepliuk, piano


Friday 11th October, 6pm

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Preludes

Chopin Preludes op.28 and Rachmaninov Preludes op.32

The 'prelude' began in the early 18th century, most famously with Bach's Well Tempered Clavier. Bach created the pattern of writing one prelude as an introduction to a fugue in each of the major and minor keys. Chopin developed the idea by omitting the fugue and writing a short, 'miniature' in each of the 24 keys. They range in mood from short and charming to powerful and profound. Op.28 is one of Chopin's finest works for solo piano.

In the early 20th Century, Scriabin, Debussy and Rachmaninov adopted Chopin's model, writing preludes for all of the major and minor keys. Rachmaninov's 24 preludes are spread out among 3 opuses (op.3 no.2, op.23 and op.32). We will hear the final set, op.32, comprising thirteen miniatures and being one of Rachmaninov's most soulful compositions for solo piano. 

Sunday 13th October, 5pm

Tchaikovsky 'The Seasons' op. 37a

Peter Tschaikowski.jpgThis is a brilliant suite of twelve miniatures, each representing a month of the year. The suite was written shortly after the First Piano Concerto and just before Swan Lake in 1875. This was period of great inspiration for Tchaikovsky, as this collection of melodic masterpieces represents.

Watch Vadim Chaimovich playing, "June - Barcarolle"



Brahms - Four Ballades op. 10,  and Two Rhapsodies op. 79

The Ballades op. 10 were written when the composer was a mere 21 years old. I'm not a fan of early Brahms, but these works are an exception. They display an astounding maturity and are brilliantly crafted. The Two Rhapsodies are mature works and are very popular encore pieces. 

Here is a beautiful performance of Ballade no. 2 by Sylvia Theresa:





Yevheny Hepliuk is a Ukrainian pianist and composer. He was educated at the National Tchaikovsky Acadamy of Music in Kiev. Yevheniy won First Prize in the Ukrainian New Names Competition and First Prize in the National Competition, 'Con Amore Festum'. He is a member of the Ukraine National Composer's Union. Yevheny and is virtually unknown outside his home country. He came to visit us last year for the first time and did such a fine job that I am happy to welcome him back with such a wonderful program. 

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

Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

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 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.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ode to Joy

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony



and works by Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Feinberg




Evgeny Starodubtsev, piano


Friday, September 13th, 6pm

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, "Ode to Joy"



Transcribed for piano four hands
With Alexandra Lotova, piano

Beethoven's epic Ninth Symphony transcribed for piano retains all the majestic drama of the original orchestral version. 



"This is amazing. ... the piano transcription brings out lines and details that are not so audible in the orchestral version."


"To be able to pull it together like this, musically and technically, is nothing short of astonishing." 


"It seemed that I was listening to the orchestra itself!" 

(Comments from Cyprien Katsaris's version of the Liszt transcription on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Ja7ZkvP8Nrk)


Sunday, September 15th, 5pm


The Fabulous Feinberg
with music of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov  


A celebration of one of the most neglected musical geniuses of the 20th century


Vivaldi-Bach-Feinberg transcription of a transcription: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - absolutely fabulous!

Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux op 33 nos 1-6

Tchaikovsky-Feinberg transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 - absolutely fabulous!

Feinberg  Sonatas number 7, 8 and 9. These are, in my opinion, the finest of the composer's set of 12 sonatas. They are each quite different, no. 7 is jazzy and mysterious, no. 8 is mystical and profound while no 9 is technically brilliant and spectacular. They were written in the 1920's and 30's when Soviet composers enjoyed more freedom than the following decades.

Samuil Feinberg (1890 - 1962) was a successful concert pianist and respected professor at Moscow Conservatory. He was also a composer,  (12 piano sonatas), and a transcriber ( he transcribed 15 works of Bach). Feinberg won the Stalin Prize and the Order of Lenin for his contributions to music. He toured Europe extensively in the 1920's, attending festivals and recording for Deutsche Grammaphon. But he was grounded in the 1930's on the pretext that his music did not reflect 'socialist realism'. He stopped performing his earlier works and kept a low profile in his composing. According to Christophe Sirodeau, Feinberg was  "... a very cultured man, spiritual, modest, and with a profound dislike of self-promotion." His modesty assigned his legacy to undeserved obscurity. Yet to those who know him, he is one of the most respected composers of the 20th century.




 Evgeny Starodubtsev is a graduate of piano and composition from Moscow Conservatory. According to the Arlink-Argerich Foundation database, he holds the record for number of first prizes at international piano competitions. The current count is around thirty wins.
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 performed at top venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. Evgeny has recently recorded works of Messiaen, Scriabin, Ravel, Chopin and Mozart. He is planning to record the complete solo piano works of Feinberg, which has never been done.

Evgeny is a regular visitor to Eelswamp. He loves a challenge. In 2017 he performed Rzewski's 'People United' Variations. Last year he performed Messiaen's 'Vingt Regards'. We are very fortunate to have Evgeny and Alexandra play Beethoven's Ninth, which is supremely difficult on all levels.

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 Mendelssohn's Octet and Schubert's F minor Fantasy for four hands at Eelswamp with Evgeny. 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:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

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 in certain cases.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Four Popular Chamber Works

Mendelssohn and Chopin 

Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th


Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Alexandre Vay, cello
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano

Friday, 14th June, 6pm

Mendelssohn: Trio no. 1 in D Minor op. 49*
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor op. 65

Mendelssohn's first trio is his more popular of the two trios, charming and zippy. Chopin's cello sonata is just one of nine works written for an instrument other than the piano. 

*note the last minute change from number 2.

Saturday, 15th June, 5pm

Note that the second concert is Saturday, not Sunday

Shostakovich, Trio no. 2 in E Minor op. 67 
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor op. 19

Two Russian works of different periods: Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata was written in 1901. Shostakovich's second trio was written in 1944. Both are substantial, four movement works. Both are packed with great themes; Rachmaninov tending to the elegant and beautiful, Shostakovich more rhythmic but with a great slow movement, a lament mourning the death of the composer's friend, Sollertinsky, to whom the quartet is dedicated. 



Tasana Nagavajara is the director of the Pro Musica Orchestra, Bangkok and former concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He is well known to our audience, having performed many times with Alexandre and Dimitri and with the Pro Musica Quartet.

Alexandre Vay and Dimitri Papadopoulos are making their fifth visit to Eelswamp. The two French musicians have been playing together since Conservatory days in Lyon. Alexandre is co-soloist in the Munich Radio Orchestra. Dimitri is 'Professeur' at Geneva Conservatory. Alexandre and Dimitri performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonata and Variation cycle in 2014 at Eelswamp and joined Tasana in 2015 for a performances of the mighty Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor and the Dvorak F minor trio. 

Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

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 in certain cases.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Taxi service to Eelswamp
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