The Festival extends its celebration of classical music, presenting a recital by the brilliant prodigy pianist Daniil Trifonov, winner of medals in the three most prestigious piano competitions in the classical music world: First Prize and Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in TelAviv and Third Prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His virtuosic technique will be on display in three monumental pinnacles of the solo piano literature: the Scriabin Sonata No 2, the Liszt sonata in B minor and the Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme by Chopin. The recital at the WWU Performing Arts Center at 7:30 on April 11, is a joint presentation of the Bellingham Festival of Music and Western Washington University. The Scriabin Sonata is technically and musically demanding. It is written for large hands with an enor-mous reach of a 12th. The Liszt Sonata is often considered Liszt’s greatest composition for solo piano although when it was first played in 1854 it was decried as “new music.” The Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme by Chopin was his first large-scale piano: a 30 minute set of “virtuoso embroidery” on a 90 second Chopin prelude.
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The opening concert will bring back a Festival favorite, cellist Joshua Roman, in a concert with two familiar works and two never-before-heard works. Beethoven’s Symphony No 3. “Eroica” and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra are concert staples. Beethoven’s Namensfeier Overture in C major, Op. 115 is rarely played and has never been performed at the Festival. It was written to be performed for the feastday of the King of France, October, 1814 but was not finished until Christmas 1815. Roman will also perform a new work for cello and orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis whose “Musica Celestis” performed by the Festival in 2011 made people realize that new music can be beautiful and moving.
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- Scriabin took five years to compose his Sonata No 2
- Wagner was a great ad-mirer of the Liszt Sonata in B minor but Brahms is said to have fallen asleep at the first performance
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Aug 8 –24,2013