Day of the Keyboard 2

Alexei Gorlatch

Chopin | Prokofiev | Stravinsky

Sun, 16521

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016



    Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
    Mazurka, Op. 67, no. 2
    Mazurka op. 67 no 4
    Mazurkas, Op. 68, nos. 1–4
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    The Montagues and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor
    Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

    When Alexei Gorlatch first played at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in November 2013, he wowed the audience with his highly poetic and pianistically flawless performance of the fiendishly difficult Op. 10 Etudes by Frédéric Chopin. Now he returns as part of the Day of the Keyboard lineup. Born in 1988 in Kiev, Gorlatch will play a delectable series of Chopin pieces on this program, but the focus will be on two Russian composers, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky. You can look forward to a genuine discovery with Stravinsky’s early Sonata in F-sharp minor, a rarely heard work by the 21-year-old composer that doesn’t yet sound like Stravinsky but is more reminiscent of Russian Romanticism, calling to mind such models as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Glazunov. But the finale makes use of a refrain-like theme that strikingly anticipates Joseph Schmidt’s Ein Lied geht um die Welt (“A Song Goes Round the World”) – though it was composed thirty years before the famous hit. A truly pleasurable musical menu!

    Alexei Gorlatch

    Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev, Ukraine, and was three when he and his family moved to Germany. He began his piano studies in Passau with Eduard-Georg Georgiew and at the age of twelve became a junior student of Martin Hughes at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2002 he transferred to the University of Music and Drama in Hanover, where he completed the class led by Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and was then supervised by Bernd Goetzke. In 2006 Gorlatch won the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan; victories followed in 2008 at the Rubinstein Competition, the German Music Competition and, in 2009, at the Dublin Competition. He was especially successful at the 2011 International ARD Music Competition, where he took First Price and the Audience Prize. Alexej Gorlatch has already performed at many international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has concertized at the Ruhr Piano Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau Music Festivals, the Schwetzingen Festival, and the Yokohama International Piano Festival. Other credits include performances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the NHK Japan Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Hallé Orchestra. Alexej Gorlatch’s recordings include works by Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven. 2015 saw the release of his recording of piano works by Igor Stravinsky, which he performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Alondra de la Parra.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 November 2013 in a program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.

    November 2016

    The Day of the Keyboard Package:
    Attend all three Day of the Keyboard recitals for a total ticket price of CHF 120 (instead of CHF 150). See the ticket order form.

    Day of the Keyboard 1 /11.00
    Georgy Tchaidze
    Works by Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev

    Day of the Keyboard 2 / 16.00
    Alexei Gorlatch
    Works by Chopin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky

    Day of the Keyboard 3 / 18.00
    Nareh Aghamanyan
    Works by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Stravinsky, Glinka and Balakirev