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The Diary of Diaghilev

Ballet music from the 20th century
One piano, four hands    

The 20th century gave birth to the most gracious and pleasant ballets, such as Barber's Souvenirs, Opus 28, as well as to the most intriguing and radical ones. Legendary to the world of ballet was Sergei Diaghilev, founder and impresario of the Ballet Russes. With Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, his Ballet Russes made world-changing impressions on the cultural life at the beginning in the 20th century. 

M. Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

S. Barber
Souvenirs, Opus 28

I. Stravinksy
The Rite of Spring 

'Progression of Life' - 100 years The Planets

Two pianos

In 1914 the first draft of Holst's The Planets was born. Holst was clearly inspired by his colleagues Schönberg and Stravinsky, who visited England just before he started composing his most famous work. He was impressed by Stravinsky's performance conducting the Rite of Spring and his unconventional way of using the orchestra. In addition, Schönberg's performance of his Five Orchestral Pieces struck him as most interesting. He even thought about naming the first sketches of the Planets 'Seven Orchestral Pieces', although his first version of this piece was composed for two pianos.

Holst thought of The Planets as a progression of life; the seven movements reflective of all kinds of emotions, growth and experiences in a human's life. 

G. Holst
The Planets (arr. for two pianos by the composer)

A. Schönberg
Five Orchestral Pieces, Opus 16 (arr. for two pianos by A. Webern)

I. Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring (piano four hands)


All roads lead to Bach

One piano, four hands

'Now there is music from which a man can learn something'. Mozart about J.S. Bach's compositions after discovering his music. Many succeeding composers and musicians could agree on this quote of young Mozart. For example, while composing, Samuel Barber studied, practiced and played works by Bach every day. This program contains music of composers that were inspired and influenced by one of the greatest composers of all time, even going back to the source of his music with Kurtag's literal transcription of Bach's organ chorales. 

 

W.A. Mozart
Sonata in B-flat KV 251

F. Schubert
Fantasy in f minor

G. Kurtag
Seven Bach Chorales

S. Barber
Souvenirs, Opus 28


A Story of War

Two pianos

Inevitably the two world wars in the 20th century had a huge impact on the life and world view of many Europeans. Several composers were highly influenced by the darkness and experiences of the wars: Debussy simulating gunshots and the flourish of the trumpets by heralds in his suite for two pianos, Ravel exploiting the craziness of the war in his La Valse and Schönberg's serial system possibly influenced by the First World War. Experience the positive creativity these wars brought to five great composers in this unique program. 


B. Britten
Introduction and Rondo Alla Burleska, Opus 23, No. 1
Mazurka Elegiaca, Opus 23, No. 2

F. Poulenc
Sonata for two pianos

A. Schönberg
Five Orchestral Pieces, Opus 16 (arr. for two pianos by A. Webern)

C. Debussy
En Blanc et Noir

M. Ravel
La Valse