Piano Sonata in B minor
Po zarostlém chodníčku (On an Overgrown Path) (Selection)
Gaspard de la nuit
The pianist Marc-André Hamelin, born in Canada in 1961, is regarded as a keyboard wizard of breathtaking technical brilliance and as a specialist in rarely performed piano music. However, the fact that he himself also composes is still relatively unknown here in Germany, so this exceptional artist will open his piano recital at the Berlin Philharmonie with one of his most recent compositions, entitled Barcarolle.
After this eagerly anticipated start, the programme continues with Franz Liszt’s revolutionary, genre-breaking B minor Sonata from 1852/1853. A selection of mostly serene pieces from Leoš Janáček’s two-volume piano cycle On an Overgrown Path then gives the audience time to catch its breath. The recital draws to a close with the three piano pieces Ravel composed in 1908 with the title Gaspard de la nuit. The composer wrote about this work: “ I actually wanted to write a parody of Romanticism, but then I got carried away ...”
An exciting programme then, in which Hamelin not only presents various compositional aspects of Romanticism and its numerous effects on the music of the early 20th century, but also his dexterity and musicality in the service of virtuoso piano works of the most diverse provenance – something which is sure to please his audience.