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piano recital

EVGENY KISSIN - CANCELLED

BACH, MOZART, BEETHOVEN & CHOPIN
Pianist Evgeny Kissin presents Karl Tausig’s transcription of Bach’s striking Toccata and Fugue, and brings to life the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.
Programme

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (arr. Karl Tausig) 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) 
Adagio in B minor K. 540 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major Op. 110 

Interval 

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Seven Mazurkas
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22 

Bach’s mighty Toccata and fugue in D minor wasn’t published until 1833, after which it was championed by Mendelssohn, spawning numerous transcriptions including this one by the Polish piano virtuoso Karl Tausig (1841-1871). Mozart’s single movement Adagio in B minor of 1788 is of a gentler, more introvert beauty. Likewise, the lyrical first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sona-ta No 31 (his penultimate) composed in 1821. A scherzo-like Allegro molto and a heartfelt Adagio ma non tanto follow, before a Bach-like fugal finale. Nine years later, the 20 year old Chopin left Poland, never to return, but his career-long string of mazurkas based on the traditional triple-time Polish dance tell us where his heart remained. His virtuoso Grande polonaise brillante, preceded by a rippling Andante spianato, was conceived before he left, but completed in Paris.

Pre-concert