Piano recital with Seong-Jin Cho
The South Korean piano sensation debuts at Konserthuset Stockholm.
Sunday 17 March 2019 15.00Ends approximately 17.00
South Korean Seong-Jin Cho (born 1994) has been victorious at several prestigious competitions, including the international Chopin competition in 2015. He is considered one of our time’s greatest talents.
Musical imagination will be at the forefront of his Konserthuset debut. Three completely different fantasies by three very different composers – Bach, Schubert and Chopin – are followed by Modest Mussorgsky’s musical fantasies, based on an exhibition of paintings by Viktor Hartmann. This fantastic music is enormously demanding for the soloist.
Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue are filled with enhanced polyphony, fast runs and broken chords. It is music with extraordinary density. The principle theme in Schubert’s tremendous piano fantasy comes from the introduction of the song The Wanderer; hence the name. In the introduction to the second movement, the theme of the wanderer is presented in its entirety. This is Schubert’s most technically demanding and difficult-to-master piece, and the four movements are played without pause.
Even if the polonaise, a Polish dance, is part of the title, the Polonaise Fantaisie is above all a typical Chopin creation in which the musical ideas are perceived as a matter of course, yet also as a creation in the moment, like divinely inspired improvisation.
And finally: Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s famous piano suite inspired by the paintings of his friend Viktor Hartmann. With the famous musical “promenades” we move between paintings such as The Old Castle, Tuileries, Catacombs, and the Great Gate of Kiev.
Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 is a musical miracle that includes the famous piece Air! Bach and Baroque expert Ton Koopman leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, giving this performance extra vigour. Listen
The musicApproximate times
Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in d minor for keyboard13 min
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major "Wandererfantasie" for piano23 min
Frédéric Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major for piano op 6113 min
Modest Musorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition for piano29 min
- Seong-Jin Cho piano