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Pavel Kolesnikov: Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Couperin

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Tonight, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his debut in the International Piano Series.

Described as ‘a poet of the keyboard’ (The Guardian), he has been winning hearts around the world through his performances.

Commenting on his London recital debut in 2014, The Telegraph noted that it was ‘one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.’

Brahms’ late Intermezzi, Op.117, form the framework of Kolesnikov’s thoughtful programme. The first half of his recital juxtaposes the first of these introspective works with Beethoven’s early Op.7 Sonata, in the same key of E flat.

Three quietly reflective miniatures by Tchaikovsky open the second half. Though lesser known than that of his famous nephew François, Louis Couperin’s music is imbued with inventiveness and a reflective melancholy – making an intriguing coupling with the second and third of Brahms’ Op.117 Intermezzi.

Pavel Kolesnikov...has something that signals a unique individuality: he knows how to tell stories, without forcing his voice


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Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat, Op.117 No.1 (Schlummer lied)
Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, Op.7
Brahms: Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2
Louis Couperin: Suite in A; Pavanne in F sharp minor, G.120
Tchaikovsky: Rêverie interrompue, Op.40 No.12; Echo rustique, Op.72 No.13; Polka peu dansante, Op.51 No.2; Dumka (Russian rustic scene), Op.59; Passé lointain, Op.72 No.17
Brahms: Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op.117 No.3

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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All you need to know about the pianist ahead of his solo recital in the International Piano Series