Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 7.30pm
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor, Op.19
Rachmaninov: Etude-tableau No.2 in C major, Op.33
Rachmaninov: Etude-tableau No.3 in C minor, Op.33
Rachmaninov: Etude-tableau No.9 in C-sharp minor, Op.39
Slonimsky: Intermezzo in Memory of Brahms
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini in A minor, Op.35 (book 1)
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83
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I begin my recital with the Sonata No.30, a vivid example of the intimate romance of late Beethoven.
In the Russian part of my recital you will feel all human emotion - from light sorrow and rapid sound in Scriabin, sinking lower and lower to the dark subterranean sound in Rachmaninov.
Slonimsky's Intermezzo is a musical portrait of Brahms, recreated by the composer with all the pictures you might expect. Then in his Paganini Variations, he uses one of the most famous melodies of European music, a musical symbol of Paganini - and it is also a dedication in some ways. I think these two pieces are an example of how music itself can combine different epochs, composers, countries and styles into one smooth line.
As a Russian pianist, I wanted to represent the work of my favourite Russian composer. In Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No.7, there is a lot of drama and real feeling about this hard time for our country, which Prokofiev conveyed with incredible accuracy. For me, the sonata moves from the beginning of the war, the onset of Hitler's army in Russia, to the Soviet army's counter-offensive in Germany and finally, Russian victory over Hitler's army.