07. 11. 2022
19:00 p.m.
Kino Vesmír
from 230 CZK

R1 Inon Barnatan

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata E minor BWV 914

Georg Friedrich Händel
Suita E major, II. Allemande HWV 430

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Suite A minor „Courante“

François Couperin

Maurice Ravel
The Tomb of Couperin, IV. Rigaudon M 68

Thomas Adès
Blanca Variations

György Ligeti
Musica Ricercata no. 10 and 11

Samuel Barber
a piano sonáta es minor op. 26; Fuga: Allegro noc spirito

Johannes Brahms
The Variation and Fugue on a Theme by Händel, op. 24


Inon Barnatan – piano


The piano recital will feature works by long-dead and living masters. Johann Sebastian Bach composed the toccata cycle around the year 1710 and his Toccata in E minor is the shortest of these pieces. Händel’s Suite no. 5 consists of four parts, and pianist Inon Barnatan will play the second movement from this cycle, entitled Allemande.

Jean-Philippe Rameau is in French opera considered as the successor of Jean-Baptiste Lully, one of the most important composers of the baroque period. We have included his dance “Courante” from the Suite in A minor.

Francois Couperin’s composition L’Atalante takes us back to the time of Greek myths and legends. It tells the story of Atalanta, the famous and fearless huntress.

Maurice Ravel composed The Tomb of Couperin during the First World War. It is a distinctive reflection on old French dances. Each of the dances is dedicated to a particular fellow wartime combatant of Ravel’s and is thus a memorial to the fallen.

Thomas Adès is a contemporary British composer who has also performed several times in the Czech Republic. His Blanca Variations is a short set of five variations on the folk song Lavaba la blanca niña in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews.

There will also be a composition Musica Ricercata written by the Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti, as well as a Fugue from the Piano Sonata in E flat minor op. 26 by the American composer Samuel Barber.

The second half of the evening will feature Johannes Brahms’ Variation and Fugue on a Theme by Händel. The work for solo piano was written in 1861 and is considered one of the best of its kind. Brahms wrote the composition on the occasion of the birthday of Clara Schumann, one of the greatest pianists of her time. It was first performed at the premiere in Hamburg.

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