Natalie Gourman Piano Recital Concert

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Stunning Scandinavian/Russian pianist Natalie Gourman will perform a superb programme of classical and romantic works at St John’s, Smith Square on June 13th 2012.

The recital opens with an early work of Beethoven – his 12 Variations on a Russian Dance. The dance in question was from a popular pantomime-ballet called Das Waldmädchen by Paul Wranitzky, which was all the rage in 1790s Vienna. This rarely-heard piece is sure to make a compelling start to the evening, which continues in dramatic style with Liszt’s wonderful transcription of Schumann’s celebrated song Widmung (Dedication), and selections from his Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage). Nathalie has also chosen to play Tchaikovsky’s Romance in F minor – one of the most enduring and best loved pieces in the solo piano repertoire – and the impressionistic Sonata-Fantasy by Scriabin, which he intended as a musical portrait of the sea’s varying moods (and which is musically and technically extremely challenging for the performer). She will conclude her recital with movements from Rachmaninov’s Moments Musicaux, op. 16. Although composed as a set, each movement stands by itself as a showpiece of great virtuosity. Written in 1896, long before Rachmaninov emigrated to the United States, they were dedicated to his friend Aleksandr Zatayevich, a renowned musicologist who collected Russian folk tunes.


13 June 2012


St John’s Smith Square


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