Verbier Festival
31 July 2018
7:00 pm
Salle des Combins
CHF 200.- | 180.- | 140.- | 100.- | 60.- | TR 25.-
© Dario Acosta

This inventive programme starting by showing how composers imagined Chopin before their time, beginning and ending with sets of variations by Mompou (on the unpretentious A major Prelude) and Rachmaninoff (on the altogether more imposing Prelude in C minor). These two major works are separated by images from Schumann (the touching episode from Carnaval), Grieg (a reminiscence of two études, from his Stimmungen of 1903-5), Barber (explicitly recalling John Field as the inventor of the nocturne, but also Chopinesque) and Tchaikovsky (a waltz from the 18 Morceaux of his last year). In the second half, the early variations on Don Giovanni’s suave song from Mozart’s opera – the work that caught Schumann’s imagination – and the ‘Funeral March’ Sonata give us back the Chopin who always remains a little beyond our understanding.