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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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. 

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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. 

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