Fantasias by Schubert and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
Saturday 7 September 2019 16.30Ends approximately 17.30
Pianorama is a recurring festival at Konserthuset Stockholm where the piano plays the main role in all concerts. Many of Sweden’s leading pianists will appear, as well as some of Sweden’s most prominent percussionists and string musicians. This year’s festival has a special focus on music for two pianos and four hands.
“Double the piano means piano with extra everything! The challenge is to play so that it sounds like two pianos together, yet still like a dialogue between two discernible voices,” says initiator and artistic director Roland Pöntinen.
The Italian pianist duo Alessandra Ammara and Roberto Prosseda specialise in music for four hands, whether for one or two pianos. Their album on record label Decca, presenting all of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s four-hand piano pieces, is internationally acclaimed. Here, they will perform his Fantasia in D minor/D major.
Schubert’s Fantasia for Piano Four-hands, Opus 103, is his most significant composition for more than one pianist. It was composed during his final year of life and dedicated to his student, the countess Caroline Esterházy, with whom he was deeply in love. We will also hear Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Lutoslawski’s Paganini Variations in versions for two pianos, and Aldo Clementi’s Madrigale 2 from 2007.
The musicApproximate times
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor for piano four hands op 10320 min
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fantasia in d minor for two pianos (1824)13 min
Aldo Clementi Madrigale 2 for two pianos9 min
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, version for two pianos17 min
Witold Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme of Paganini for two pianos (1941)6 min
Sergio Cafaro Vive Carmen, Fantasia for piano four hands6 min
- Alessandra Ammara piano
- Roberto Prosseda piano