Image: Kirikk Bachkirov
Nikolai Demidenko (piano)
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Mildura Arts Centre
Nikolai Demidenko is a musician who continues to astonish each time he appears on stage. This program of Scarlatti and Schubert is sure to delight.
It’s a measure of Demidenko’s versatility that he can move effortlessly from Baroque Spain to Romantic Vienna over the course of a single evening, taking us from the birth of the piano sonata to its powerful maturity. Schubert’s late sonatas are some of his most confessional and tragic utterances. Almost painfully intimate, they are conversations between composer and performer, and we’re merely eavesdropping. At the heart of the turbulent C-minor Sonata is an adagio of profound tenderness, illuminated by what Gramophone Magazine calls Demidenko’s “impeccable balance of strength and gentleness”.
Scarlatti bequeathed pianists hundreds of exquisite miniature showpieces in his sonatas, a true embarrassment of riches. Some are exercises in pure ‘jeu d’esprit’: sunny evocations of the guitars of his adopted home, Spain, or dazzling chases across the keyboard. Others plumb emotions that few Baroque works can match, all the more poignant and intense for their brevity. All call for the kind of discreet virtuosity that Nikolai Demidenko has perfected.
Scarlatti and Schubert
Sonatas for Keyboard – Selection
Impromptu in A-flat, Op. 90, No. 4, D. 899
Piano Sonata No. 19 in C-minor, D. 958
This project is supported by RACV Music for Victoria, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Location: Mildura Arts Centre
Duration: 110 minutes
Tickets: Full $40, Concession $36, 18 and under $20