Friday 7th October, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Stravinsky/Agosti The Firebird Suite
Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2 “original version”
This colourful programme presents the “pianist-composer” in four master works from the Russian and German traditions: the Beethoven and Rachmaninov sonatas are two of the most revolutionary works by pianist-composers while the iconic orchestral gems by Mahler and Stravinsky are brought into the piano repertoire. It will be interesting to observe the symphonic thinking of Rachmaninov in his sonata as well as the virtuoso brilliance of Agosti’s version of the Firebird, while the Beethoven and Mahler lift us up into other-worldly dimensions.
Alissa Firsova is a British-Russian composer, pianist and conductor. Since winning the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer competition in 2001, she has received two world premieres at the Proms, both conducted by Andrew Litton: her Bach Allegro was performed by the RPO in 2010 and her Bergen’s Bonfire Op. 31 featured in the Bergen Philharmonic’s 250th Anniversary Prom in 2015. As a pianist, Alissa gave her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009 and has appeared in Dartington, Cheltenham, Presteigne, Messiaen at Southbank, Fuerstensaal Classix and Seattle festivals as well as numerous concert venues throughout UK, Germany, Holland, France, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland and the US. She has enjoyed collaborations with distinguished artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Tim Hugh, Roman Simovic, Andrew Marriner, Julius Berger and the Dante Quartet. Her debut solo piano CD, Russian Emigres, was released in August 2015 on Vivat.
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