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Classical music - Piano (solid)

 

For all the piano music lovers this one will be a treat!

Russian-born Vassily Primakov is now recognized as a pianist of world class importance. Gramophone Magazine noted his ‘empathy for Chopin’s spirit’, while BBC Music Magazine praised ‘the exceptional quality’ of his playing. He now has a considerable discography to his credit and in 2009 his recording of Chopin’s Mazurkas was adjudged ‘Best of the Year’.

 

Programme

Chopin: Polonaise in C# Minor, Opus 26 N0 1
Chopin: Twelve Mazurkas
Chopin: Polonaise in A Flat, Opus 53 (the `Heroic`)
Liszt: Funerailles (from Harmonies poetiques et religieuses)
Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

 

What this really means

Chopin is known for challenging piano players on a technical level, so if you want to see fingers doing magic tricks while running a marathon and somehow expressing sincere emotions on the keyboard, then this will be highly entertaining.

Liszt, in the other corner, experimented with music and broke a lot of rules (at that time) in terms of harmony.  A lot of his pieces have a grim mood to them and he transcribed other composers' pieces and then made them his own.  Quite a character.

These two of the Romantic period were even friends at the time which might explain their hairstyles.  Let them charm you for the evening.

 

Logistics

 - I will be at the canteen from 16:00, because they have cake!  This is to your left when you enter the building (one entrance only).

 - Would prefer to sit in front (rows A and B), so I will take payments of R130 per ticket and make a booking one week before the event for those who want to simplify their own admin.  Let me know if you need my banking details for the EFT.

 - If you do not book online ahead of the time you can still bring cash to get a ticket at the door.  We will coordinate this as a group for those who would prefer it.  There are always still seats left - you won't miss the performance.

 - At about 16:50 we will take our seats and enjoy the music.

 - I always buy a programme which we can share within the group to read up on the evening's doings.

 - It is better to bring cash to this venue and festivities.

 

Where to go

GPS Coordinates:  [masked],[masked]

Address:  27 Saint Andrews Road, Parktown

 

More information

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/vassily_primakov_piano/709306505/referer:-highlights-index-0-1_1_19765430-0-grid-

http://www.wits.ac.za/placesofinterest/linder/programmeevents/2932/johannesburg_musical_society.html

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  • Elain

    Great feedback there, Chris. Good to have someone with your knowledge on board. What a privilege to have spent another memorable evening with fellow music lovers and their guests. Great to have had many familiar faces again (labeled rent-a-crowd now) and welcome to Margie for whom this was her first meetup of this group! Hope your mother enjoyed the recital too.

    It is a more than just a treat to have this once a month. Like so many have told me, this music soothes the soul.

    I am going to bed with a huge smile on my face, thank you to all.

    June 2, 2013

    • Elain

      And do not forget the piano was broken twice becuase he was so good!!

      June 2, 2013

  • Chris

    Very very special performance. Vassily is a phenomemal Chopin exponent. He uses Tempo Rubato to its fullest. His double CD of all Chopin's ballades, scherzi and sonatas cost only R150 ! Very glad I went and with such a nice crowd. Thanks Elain for organizing.

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Elain

      It is only a pleasure, Chris.

      June 2, 2013

  • Elain

    Nele we are sitting in the canteen at the window opposite the entrance.

    June 2, 2013

  • Elain

    No problem Craig.

    June 2, 2013

  • Craig N.

    Other things came up.

    June 2, 2013

  • Elain

    Thank you for letting me know, Aarti.

    June 2, 2013

  • RT

    Hi Elain. Sorry, I cant attend, I sent you an email. I'm sure you guys will enjoy this one!

    June 2, 2013

  • Tracey

    HI Elain, I would love to join you guys on Sunday, is it still possbile to get a ticket?

    May 29, 2013

    • Elain

      Absolutely! Bring cash for the ticket and a cup of coffee and you are good to go. That simple. There are others who will get tickets at the door on that day too. Update your RSVP to a Yes and we will know to look out for you.

      May 29, 2013

  • Elain

    Got the tickets for: Laura, Sam + 1, Margie + 1, Chris and me.

    Sitting in row B:28 - B:34.

    Will organise the rest at the door on Sunday.

    Looking forward as always!

    May 29, 2013

  • Elain

    Got your payment too, Chris.

    May 28, 2013

  • Elain

    Thanks for letting me know RT. See you soon!

    May 27, 2013

  • RT

    Hi Elain! Ill get my ticket at the door.

    May 27, 2013

  • Elain

    Two tickets confirmed for Margie!

    May 24, 2013

  • Elain

    As this is next weekend, please do your EFT by end of Tuesday, 28 May 2013, should you wish for me to buy your ticket in advance as a group. I will book in row B or C and more on the left side of the block if you want to do it yourself or pay cash at the door the evening. Let me know should you need by banking details.

    I am really looking forward to the piano music!

    May 22, 2013

    • Margie

      Hi Elain, please let me have your banking details so that I can pay for two tickets. My email address is [masked]. Thank you. #

      May 24, 2013

    • Elain

      Done - and welcome to the group!

      May 24, 2013

  • Margie

    My mother will be joining me.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Elain

    Just received your transfer for two tickets, Samantha, thanks.

    May 23, 2013

  • Elain

    Payment received, Laura, thank you.

    May 22, 2013

  • Craig N.

    Keen for now.

    1 · May 14, 2013

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