Boris Berezovsky

Mar 25

3:00 PM

Scriabin, Rachmaninov

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Russian virtuoso Boris Berezovsky makes a welcome return to Chicago after a 20-year absence. Acclaimed for his exceptional technique and translucent sound, Berezovsky will no doubt give an exhilarating performance. “Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists” (Gramophone).

Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission

Program

Balakirev Selected Works
Balakirev Islamey
Liadov Selected Works
Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 23 and Op. 32
Scriabin Selected Etudes
Scriabin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2

Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42 [ENCORE]
Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 69, No. 1 [ENCORE]

Performers

After an absence of 20 years, Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky returns to Chicago for a recital featuring music by his countrymen, including nationalist composer Mily Balakirev (1837-1910). “Balakirev’s music is very neglected, and it’s very beautiful and difficult. It’s rarely played. He was influenced by Chopin.” Also featured on the first half will be works by Antoly Liadov (1855-1914), who also fell under the spell of Chopin. The concert will conclude with Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 and some of his Études as well as Rachmaninov’s Sonata No. 2 and selections from 13 Préludes, Op. 32. “So it’s a Russian program, basically,” he said with a laugh. “I would say 500 percent Russian, played by a Russian pianist.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories