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Great Piano Music
Source: Misikfest Berlin
05/07/2019

“My grand piano sings, dreams, rushes, roars: airborne, it leaves the most skilful arcs behind; like the orchestra, it has its iron harmonies; like the orchestra, and without the slightest effort, it can consign the clouds of its fairy-like chords, its floating melodies to the evening breeze …”
Franz Liszt

Piano solo and in combination with voice will be the defining feature of the chamber music concerts of this year’s edition of Musikfest Berlin. The exceptional French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will not only interpret Beethoven’s “Hammerklaviersonate” and Lachenmann’s “Serynade” on 6 September, he will also dedicate two further concert evenings to piano works that sound out the limits of this instrument and its technical capabilities: In a Late Night-concert on 30 August, Aimard will play the entire “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” by Olivier Messiaen, a composition that redefined the sound of the piano in the mid-20th century. On 12 September, he will combine Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in G major op. 78 “Fantasie” with Helmut Lachenmann’s music for high soprano and piano “GOT LOST”. In his “Fantasie”, Schubert develops his musical thoughts in free associations, while in “GOT LOST”, Lachenmann sets texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Fernando Pessoa and an advertisement into a common context. On 1 September, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov will present some unique musical specimens: Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie fantastique” in Franz Liszt’s famous transcription for piano and a selection of Gioacchino Rossini’s rarely performed “Péchés de vieillesse”, which composer Wolfgang Rihm described as “music that sounds as if it came from the moon”.

Date
Musikfest Berlin
30 August to 19 September 2019
Philharmonie and other venues

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