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Alexandre Kantorow: Liszt, Bach & Schumann

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Sat 29 Jan 2022, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
£10 ⁠–⁠ £45
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Alexandre Kantorow, pianist
Sasha Gusov

Alexandre Kantorow goes full throttle in a recital framing Bach and Scriabin with two monuments of the piano literature.

For the ultra-religious Franz Liszt, nothing could have felt more real than Dante’s depiction of heaven and hell in The Divine Comedy.

For years, Liszt considered writing a musical response to Dante’s image of a journey through hell, purgatory to eventual bliss.

Eventually, his Aprés une lecture du Dante materialised – a marriage of virtuosity to religiosity that pushes a single musical theme through the gates of hell into the fires of damnation and, eventually, into the radiant arms of paradise.

Having opened with Liszt’s fervent response to Dante, the prize-winning pianist Kantorow closes with Robert Schumann’s all-too-human profession of love for his wife Clara.

Schumann’s monumental First Piano Sonata tumbles headily through a series of emotional states from the buzzing to the explosive, the playful to the thankful.

The completely love-struck composer described the piece to Clara as ‘a solitary outcry for you from my heart.’

‘a fire-breathing virtuoso with a poetic charm.’

Gramophone
Performers
  • Alexandre Kantorow piano
Repertoire
  • Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante - Fantasia quasi sonata from Années de pèlerinage
  • Schumann: Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11
  • Scriabin: Vers la flamme (Poème), Op.72
  • Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 arr. Brahms for piano left hand

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Sat 29 Jan 2022, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 20 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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