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TOM BORROW

Chopin, Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Talented Israeli Pianist and 2019 Verbier Festival Academy alumnus, Tom Borrow, makes his debut at the Verbier Festival, showcasing his artistic flair in a captivating recital of Chopin, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
Programme

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major Op. 61

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in D-flat major Op. 87

SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 82

Chopin’s 1841 Fantaisie in F minor contains echoes of a Polish revolution song from the November Uprising of 1830 that led to his lifelong exile in Paris. Dignified and contemplative, it combines clearly-structured sections with more improvisatory-feeling ones. His Polonaise-fantaisie of 1846 equally blends dance and improvisatory elements. Shostakovich’s No. 15 Prélude of his Bach-inspired 24 Préludes and Fugues (1950-1951) is unusually tonal for him and the set, but the ensuing fugue is highly atonal, its difficulty heightened by its subject switching metre four times; yet it ends on surprise tonal chords. Prokofiev’s Sixth Piano Sonata opens full of his characteristic strong rhythms, which take on a mechanised tone for the following Scherzo. Next comes a lyrical waltz, before the final movement sits an Andante between two urgent Vivaces.

Media
CHOPIN Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49 | Nikolai Lugansky (Église de Verbier, 2010)
CHOPIN Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major Op. 61 | Nikolai Lugansky (Église de Verbier, 2017)
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 82 | Sergei Redkin (Église de Verbier, 2019)