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“Im Reich der Fantasie” (In the Realm of Fantasy)Concert of the Pianistenclub

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Piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninov

Piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninov

By fantasy we don’t just mean the imagination and creativity of humankind; the term has always been a popular descriptor in the names of compositions. Is that because a fantasy, or fantasia, imposes fewer formal limits on the composer than, say, a sonata?

 

Whatever the reason, this programme features a diverse selection of pieces of this genre, be it Beethoven’s upbeat “Sonata quasi una fantasia” in E-flat major, Op 27 No 1 or the late fantasies of the introverted Brahms, to which he generously gives somewhat more specific titles, such as “Intermezzo” or “Capriccio”. Chopin’s masterpiece, the Fantaisie in F minor, develops from its initial lament before transitioning into a funeral march and ending with an impassioned apotheosis, which makes this work unique.Debussy is represented with his fanciful suite “Pour le Piano”, Liszt with his impression of nature “Vallée d’Obermann” and, doubtless the evening’s most famous work, his “Liebestraum”. Jubilar Scriabin’s emotional Fantasy in B minor rounds off the evening.

 

With Susanne Absmaier, Para Chang, Irina Shkolnikova, Anastasia Sobyanina, Polina Spirina and Heiko Stralendorff at the piano, who will also lead the audience through the concert.

Eine Collage von Porträts der auftretenden Musiker*innen.
Para Chang, Irina Shkolnikova, Polina Spirina, Heiko Stralendorff, Susanne Absmaier and Anastasia Sobyanina (clockwise from top left) Copyright: Pianistenclub München