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Piano Festival «Le piano symphonique» – Recital Yoav Levanon

Sat, 11. February 2023 | 12:30 UhrOrchesterhaus Kriens

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  • Clara Schumann (1819 – 1896)

    • Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op. 20

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)

    • Variations sérieuses op. 54

  • Marc-André Hamelin (* 1961)

    • New piece for solo piano commissioned by «Le piano symphonique» Piano Festival (world premiere)

  • Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

    • Piano Sonata in B minor S.178

The Romantic composers loved to create fantasies for the keyboard, and variation form offered the ideal scope for this. It was, however, rare for a female pianist celebrated throughout Europe to write variations on a work by her composer husband – specifically on the fourth movement of Robert Schumann’s «Bunte Blätter» , which Clara reworked into her own variations. Mendelssohn’s «Variations sérieuses» proved to be a pivotal work in the Romantic art of variation, and also one of his most popular compositions. As a pianist himself, Marc-André Hamelin is particularly devoted to works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and variation form occupies a prominent place amongst his compositions for piano. On first hearing, Liszt’s ingenious B minor Sonata may give the impression of being a free fantasy and no longer firmly rooted in sonata form. He does in fact break out of the classical form and opens the way to an innovative romantic freedom of expression that looks far into the future. There is no doubt about it, this a singular masterpiece.

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