Recital 1

Grigory Sokolov

Mozart | Schumann

Sat, 16500

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016



    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Sonata in C major, K. 545
    Fantasy in C minor, K. 475
    Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Arabesque in C major, Op. 18
    Fantasy in C major, Op. 17

    Grigory Sokolov is a mystery. He is an artist who doesn’t follow the latest trends or marketing ploys, disdains giving interviews, keeps his private life to himself – and yet he is the ultimate cult pianist of our time. He refuses to talk about music, yet his playing reveals infinitely more about the works than words ever could express. For a period of six months he performs the exact same program, night after night; but it never becomes boring to him, for at each concert the pieces sound different and fresh. And yet Sokolov will not attribute this “success” to himself. Rather, he believes that it is the listeners who seek to understand and know the artists and the music better and better. For him, the secret of performance relies therefore not only on the performer – the recipient has an equal share in it. What better way then to open the 2016 Piano Festival than with a recital by Grigory Sokolov, the incomparable keyboard magician, who wants all of us to share in a blissful artistic experience?

    Grigory Sokolov

    Grigory Sokolov, who was born in 1950 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), began playing piano at the age of five, embarking on his studies with Liya Zelikhman at the Leningrad Conservatory two years later. When he was 16 he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, his international career was able to fully flourish, with appearances at major concert halls and distinguished festivals around the world. As a soloist in orchestral concerts, Sokolov worked with leading orchestras before he decided to play only solo recitals. Today Sokolov gives some 70 recitals per season; each year he devotes himself to a single program. Yet the spectrum of his repertoire is extremely wide-ranging, from transcriptions of medieval polyphony through Baroque harpsichord as well as the major Classic and Romantic composers to the music of the 20th century. Sokolov meticulously prepares his recitals, becoming intimately familiar before each performance with the intricate mechanism of the respective instrument on which he will concertize; even on the day of the concert he spends many hours rehearsing in the hall to explore the acoustic conditions and specific features of the keyboard for that evening’s performance. In the current season Sokolov will appear at such venues as the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Auditorio Nacional Madrid, the Parco della Musica in Rome, and the Konserthuset in Stockholm. His recordings are for the most part taken from live performances, for Sokolov prefers the magical moment of the concert experience to the sterile atmosphere of the studio. His most recent release appeared at the beginning of 2016 and includes piano pieces by Schubert along with Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 22 November 2001 in works by Haydn, Mozart, and César Franck.

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