Friday 7th October, 8.00pm
Little Missenden Church
Late programme change: Pavel Kolesnikov will now play Schumann's Nachtstücke op23, instead of Faschingschwank aus Wien, op26. Both pieces were written in the same year.
|Claude Debussy||Préludes Book 1|
|Robert Schumann||Faschingschwank aus Wien, op26|
|Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky|| October from The Seasons op37a
Valse-Scherzo in A major op7
Aveu passionné in E minor
Pavel Kolesnikov piano
So impressed were we by young pianist Pavel Kolesnikov in 2014 that we’ve invited him back. Gramophone described him as “already a master pianist”.
Debussy’s Préludes are by turns passionate, exciting, mysterious, delicate, touching, subtly coloured, enigmatic and witty.
Scintillating impressions, evocative titles – The dancers of Delphi, Steps in the snow, Sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air, The wind in the plain – a revolution in piano writing.
The famous melody of La fille au cheveux de lin paints a flaxen-haired girl with delicate simplicity whilst the mighty La cathédrale engloutie evokes a submerged cathedral rising to the surface in a glory of bells and chants to remind the people of their sins.
“What other collection of pieces manages to create so many utterly distinct and compelling worlds?” (pianist Steven Osborne)
Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Joke from Vienna) is a big five-movement work described by the composer as a “romantic showpiece”. The ‘Joke’ in the title is a quotation from the Marseillaise – politically forbidden in Vienna at the time.
Tchaikovsky’s October (one of the most popular of his Seasons) is a gentle elegy with an epigraph by Tolstoy:
Autumn, our poor garden is all falling down, the yellowed leaves are flying in the wind.
Imbued with the spirit of Russian folk music, virtuosic and intense, Dumka veers wildly between melancholy and exhilaration, a fiery dance at its heart.
Valse-Scherzo is mercurial and quizzical, Aveu passioné yearns with a tender, hesitant melody.
Pavel, Laureate of the 2012 Honens Prize for Piano, became one of Radio 3’s New Generation Artists in 2014. His Wigmore Hall debut drew a five-star review from the Daily Telegraph: “One of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed”.
He has thrilling pianistic power, but reviewers often stress his sensitivity. An “extra degree of poetry” persuaded International Record Review to give the palm to his Hyperion CD of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, also praised by the Sunday Times for its “delicacy and intimacy”.