Date: Thursday 20 February, 2020
Venue: Firth Hall
Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
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Acclaimed pianist David Greilsammer takes us on an imaginary musical voyage, to the heart of the human soul and dreams. The voyage he has created is inspired by the labyrinth found in Greek mythology, which symbolises audacity, inner search, transformation, and the possibility to experience unexpected encounters in life.
Fans of the evocative strain of new piano music, coming from labels such as Erased Tapes, will find this an exciting journey into the atmospheric origins and inspirations of artists like Nils Frahm.
With failing health Janácek poured his innermost thoughts into a unique piano masterpiece: his suite, ‘On An Overgrown Path’. This suite forms the structure of Greilsammer’s programme and intertwined with Janacek’s extraordinary and imaginative music are a variety of mysterious pieces, acting like vistas revealing themselves along our journey.
Expressing an astonishingly abstract, almost impressionistic musical language, CPE Bach’s fantasies, composed in the 18th century, seem to have been written well ahead of their time. While Mozart’s unfinished Suite is one of the composer’s most advanced, modern, and innovative works, revealing a new musical path, between past and future. Ofer Pelz’s piece ‘Repetition Blindness’, was commissioned especially for this recital. Inspired by the various works by which it is surrounded on the programme, this tremendously virtuoso new work serves as a musical bridge between the various musical alleys of Greilsammer’s labyrinth. Finally, at the centre of the recital, standing like an ancient tree in the middle of the labyrinth, is Rebel’s enigmatic ‘Chaos’. Composed in the Baroque era to depict the chaos generated by the world’s creation, this adventurous piece presents a fierce, dissonant and wild musical language. Originally written for orchestra, this work has been arranged for the modern piano, specifically for this programme.
This concert will be performed under dimmed lights and David will return to the stage after the concert to offer insights into his work. Ticket holders are welcome to join him.
"Each one of us has been, at some point in life, lost, disoriented, or in search for a safe and luminous path. This feeling of disorientation, leading at times to inner chaos, can also serve as the force that will drive us to begin the quest for new routes and ideas. Walking through the daunting sounds of Janacek’s emotional music, and exploring the secretive alleys of various enigmatic pieces, from 17th-century Baroque, and all the way to music of our present days, I have decided to embark on a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth. Inspired by the Labyrinth found in Greek Mythology, which symbolises audacity, inner search, transformation, and the possibility to experience unexpected encounters in life, this new program takes the listener on an imaginary musical voyage, to the heart of human soul and dreams."
Leos Janácek: On the Overgrown Path, Part I (1911)
Gyorgy Ligeti: Musica Ricercata No.7 (1953)
J.J. Froberger: "The Grave of Monsieur Blancrocher": The Beginning (1652)
W.A Mozart: Fantasy in C Minor, Part I (1785)
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis II (1989)
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor (1735)
Erik Satie: Gnossienne No.2 (1893)
C.P.E. Bach: Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor, Part I (1787)
François Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses, Part I (1717)
Leos Janácek: On the Overgrown Path, Part II (1911)
Ofer Pelz: "Repetition Blindness" - First Chapter* (2019)
Jean-Féry Rebel: "Chaos” / originally for orchestra - new arrangement for piano (1737 / 2020)
Ofer Pelz: "Repetition Blindness" - Final Chapter* (2019)
Leos Janacek: On the Overgrown Path, Part III (1911)
François Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses, Part II (1717)
C.P.E. Bach: Fantasia in F-Sharp Minor (1787)
Erik Satie: Gnossienne No.2 (1893)
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor (1732)
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis III (1989)
W.A. Mozart: Fantasy in C Minor, Part II (1785)
J.J Froberger: The Grave of Monsieur Blancrocher: The End (1652)
Gyorgy Ligeti: Musica Ricercata No.8 (1953)
Leos Janácek: On the Overgrown Path - Epilogue (1911)
* “Repetition Blindness” by Ofer Pelz was commissioned thanks to the generous support of the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund
A brave, impactful programme.
David Greilsammer piano