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EVGENY KISSIN / ANDRÁS SCHIFF

SCHUMANN, MOZART, SMETANA & DVOŘÁK
Classical music titans Evgeny Kissin and András Schiff continue their artistic partnership, which began on stage at the Verbier Festival. This unmissable concert brings together the world’s best piano repertoire from Schumann, Mozart, Smetana and Dvořák.
Programme

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) 
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major K. 448 

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856) 
Andante and variations for two pianos Op. 46 

Interval  

BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824-1884)
«Vltava» from Má Vlast
(piano 4 hands) 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) 
Selection of Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & Op. 72 

Published in 1849, Schumann’s six impromtus for piano four hands, Pictures from the East, were inspired by Friedrich Rückert’s translations of the Maqama, a collection of rhymed prose by the medieval Arab poet, Al-Hariri of Basra. Mozart’s bright Sonata in D major K 448 of 1781 for two pianos was written to perform with his pupil, Josepha Auernhammer. Chasing and overlapping scales feature strongly in its Allegro con spirito; then after a poetic central Andante comes a merrily racing rondo finale. Swirling scales evoke the waters of the Moldau river in Smetana’s piano four hands reworking of ‘Vlatava’, from his 1879 orchestral tone poem, ‘My Country’. The first book of Slavonic Dances by his compatriot Dvořák was written concurrently, in 1878. Originally for four hands, they were quickly orchestrated, and while they imitate traditional folk style, the melodies are Dvořák’s own.