Evening Concert – PianoForte Studios, Chicago, USA

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Saturday 27 June 2020

7:00 pm

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The only important thing is that there is an audience. Giya Kancheli (1995)

Today’s concert comes to you from the specialised piano boutique, PianoForte, in Chicago, who provide the pianos for the Northshore Festival run by Angela Yoffe and Vadim Gluzman. As you will see, they specialise in Fazioli pianos.

The Spring Sonata is probably the best loved of Beethoven’s sonatas on account of its irresistible lyrical invention – the slow movement in particular resonates most deeply with audiences and players alike. The quiet beauty of the theme is instantly and eloquently seductive. There is no passion, rather a gentle radiance and a hushed joyfulness, whose climactic moment is the pianissimo coda. Vasks Little Summer Music is a gentle suite of six very short, folk-like movements totally unlike the larger works for which Vasks is famous. The great Georgian composer, Giya Kancheli, died last year at the age of 84. The Festival gave several Irish premieres of his works including his moving song cycle Exil to melancholic texts by Paul Celan and Hans Sahl. Vadim Gluzman, who has recorded Kancheli, has chosen to play three of his Miniatures for violin and piano in memoriam, miraculous jewels that Kancheli collected from his film and theatre scores. Ravel’s gypsy music, Tzigane, needs no introduction, an extraordinary virtuoso display piece.

All works performed by Vadim Gluzman Angela Yoffe

Composer Work
Beethoven Violin Sonata in F major Op.24 'Spring'
Vasks Little Summer Music
Kancheli Three Pieces from Songbook
Ravel Tzigane
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