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ROMAN BORISOV

Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev
The young, multiple prize-winning pianist and 2019 Verbier Festival Academy alumnus, Roman Borisov, performs an array of compositions that demonstrate his brilliant artistry, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Prokofiev.
Programme

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Klavierstücke Op. 119

SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major Op. 83

Published in 1735, Bach’s Italian Concerto is a genius recreation of an orchestral concerto, colourfully differentiating between the solo and tutti sections on a single keyboard instrument. The recreation going on in Chopin’s Ballades is of a loosely programmatic nature, Chopin having claimed they were inspired by the literary ballades of his Polish countryman, Adam Mickiewicz. The fourth and final Ballade in melancholic F minor is the longest, requiring immense poeticism alongside lightly worn virtuosity. Brahms’s four late-career Klavierstücke Op. 119 open in equally introverted, melancholic mood, although they move to a more vigorous conclusion. The lyrical, bell-like writing of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7‘s central Andante is then bookended by an urgent Allegro inquieto and a racing ‘Precipitato’ toccata.