2, 3, 4 Pianos is a special celebration of works written specifically for two or more keyboards. The first half of the concert features Festiva Daniel del Pino with three spectacular works for duo pianos. En Blanc et Noir (In white and black) is clearly a reference to the keys of the pianos, but also to the time of the piece’s composition. Debussy, who utilized the full panoply of the piano’s capabilities and who painted with a full palette wrote, "These pieces need to draw their color, their emotion, simply from the piano, like the ‘grays' of Velázquez, if you understand me."
Schubert loved the four-hand piano genre and wrote a piece in this form nearly every year of his compositional life for a total of 35 pieces. His crown jewel is the Fantasy in F Minor written during the last year of his life. It was never performed during his lifetime and his friend Diabelli saw the enormity of the piece and published it just four months after Schubert’s death.
During the war, Polish pianist Lutoslawski and his colleague Panufnik played in cafés. Lutoslawski arranged many classical pieces in an attempt to illuminate the lives of his compatriots in devastated Warsaw. Most of these arrangements were lost during the Warsaw uprising, but the Variations on a Theme by Paganini survived, thrived, and were performed throughout the world.
The Mozart Concerto for 3 Pianos sounds quite normal to the audience and yet, clearly the composer was having a bit of fun with his piece. The music line, rather than being played by one pianist and ornamented by the other two, is passed, sometimes in the middle of a phrase between the three instruments. The pianists are required to work closely in tandem to create a unified sound and, unlike many works with multiple instruments, the three instruments equally share the stage.
Johann Sebastian Bach is mostly remembered as the father of classical sacred compositions. However, as part of his duties as the director of the Leipzig Collegium Musicum, he was also responsible for “managing” secular music composed for the nobility and the people on a weekly basis. Bach wrote many new works during his time in Leipzig, but he also recycled his older works and utilized the music of other composers. For his Concerto for 4 Pianos, Bach adapted Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor. Please note that this Vivaldi will be played on the Solo Masterpieces Concert on Sunday, July 14th. Bach added his own style and sensibilities to Vivaldi’s harmonies and added solo parts for the four keyboard players to shine.
Sponsored by: Yamaha Pianos
Artists: Daniel del Pino (Piano), Cheryl Priebe Bishkoff (Oboe), Boris Vayner (Violin), Eliot Porter (Bass), Esther Ning Yau (Piano), Irina Muresanu (Violin), Mary Lynch (Oboe), Misha Keylin (Violin), Robert Marlatt (French Horn), Sergey Antonov (Cello), and Suzanna Laramee (Piano)
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