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Kostantin Lifschitz: “Valses et Tombeaux”Piano recital

Protrait of the pianist
Copyright: Musicaé

Konstantin Lifschitz is without a doubt one of the most interesting pianists and artistic personalities of our time. The Russian pianist of Jewish origin knows how to present his enormously broad repertoire in fascinating juxtapositions.

Konstantin Lifschitz is without a doubt one of the most interesting pianists and artistic personalities of our time. The Russian pianist of Jewish origin knows how to present his enormously broad repertoire in fascinating juxtapositions.

Entitled “Valses et Tombeaux”, his Munich concert at Musicaè is a compilation of works that seems to be inspired by a medieval “dance of death”, an elaborate allegorical representation of the omnipresence of death in a person’s life. In a kaleidoscope of virtuosity, dizzying toccatas and dances alternate with musical tombstones and funeral chants, turning, in Lifschitz’s masterful hands, into a monumental journey of extraordinary power. His performances have been variously praised as “magical moments” and “deeply satisfying” (The Independent) and “with hauntingly natural expression” (New York Times).

 

Programme

  • G. Frescobaldi, Toccata Prima
  • J. J. Froberger, “Affligée et Tombeou Sur la mort de Monsieur Blanchrocher faite à Paris et se joüe bien lentement et à la discretion”
  • J. S. Bach, Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
  • F. Schubert, Dances
  • M. Ravel, Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • P. Seabourne, Toccata II et Fantasia Tragica
  • M. Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin