September concerts

 

Tuesday, 11 September and Thursday, 13 September at 7.00 p.m.

 

 

ANDREY GUGNIN, the charismatic young Russian pianist, will give the opening concerts of the Amigos’ 2018-19 season. The first will be on Tuesday September 11 and Andrey will play music by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin whilst the second concert on Thursday September 13 will feature pieces by Shostakovich, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Balakirev.

Programme for Tuesday, 11th September

J.S. Bach – F. Busoni

Prelude & Fugue BWV 532 D major

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 – 1827

Sonata op.101 A major:

I. Allegretto, ma non troppo

II. Vivace alla marcia

III. Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto

IV. Allegro

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Robert Schumann  1810 – 1856

“Kinderszenen” op. 15:

1. Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
2. A Curious Story
3. Blind Man’s Bluff
4. Pleading Child
5. Happy Enough
6. An Important Event
7. Dreaming
8. At the Fireside
9. Knight of the Hobbyhorse
10. Almost Too Serious
11. Frightening
12. Child Falling Asleep
13. The Poet Speaks

Frederic Chopin 1810 – 1849

Sonata h-moll op.58:

1.  Allegro maestoso (in B minor, ending in B major)
2. Scherzo: Molto vivace (in E-flat major)
3. Largo (in B major)
4. Finale: Presto non tanto (in B minor, ending in B major)

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Programme for Thursday, 13th September

Dmitry Shostakovich 1906 – 1975

24 preludes op.34:
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Andante
IV. Moderato
V. Allegro vivace
VI. Allegretto
VII. Andante
VIII. Allegretto
IX. Presto
X. Moderato non troppo
XI. Allegretto
XII. Allegro non troppo
XIII. Moderato
XIV. Adagio
XV. Allegretto
XVI. Andantino
XVII. Largo
XVIII. Allegretto
XIX. Andantino
XX. Allegretto furioso
XXI. Allegretto poco moderato
XXII. Adagio
XXIII. Moderato
XXIV. Allegretto

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Alexander Scriabin 1871 – 1915

Sonata No.2 op. 19 G-sharp minor:

1. Andante

2. Presto

 

Igor Stravinsky 1882 – 1971

“Three movements from Firebird”

(Infernal Dance, Lullaby and Finale) arr. Guido Agosti

 

Mily Balakirev Islamey  1826 -1910

Oriental Fantasy D-flat Major

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Andrey was born in 1987 and has been involved in music since he was seven. He was eager to become a concert pianist and studied with Olga Mechetina, Valery Kastelsky and later with Prof. Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He continued his studies at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.

 

Andrey has won many prizes in international competitions. In 2013 he won the 2nd prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna. The following year he won the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVl International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. Then, in 2016, Andrey won the 1st. prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition taking the accolades for best overall concerto, best 19th. or 20th. century concerto, best violin and piano sonata and best preliminaries within one recital. Piers Lane, who has played for the Amigos on several occasions – most recently in March 2018 – is the Artistic Director of this competition in Sydney.

 

Gugnin’s versatility puts him very much in the spotlight as a recitalist, chamber music partner and a soloist with orchestras in more than 20 countries. In Japan’s Okayama City his 2016 recital so motivated the public and the organisers that, soon after the concert, a festival for chamber music was established – the Takebe-cho ChamberMusic Festival – Gugnin and Friends.

 

Andrey is very much in demand as a studio artist. His recording of concerti by Shostakovich was used on the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar winning film Bridge of Spies.

Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp. Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.

For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA and concert programs please see: www.amigos-de-musica.org For Membership enquires please contact helga.hampton@btinternet.com For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com or call Cristina at 914797980.

 

Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: http://www.osagostos.com and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.