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Lisa Smirnova

A Baroque Morning

Sat 7 Oct 2017

Lisa Smirnova

A Baroque Morning

Scarlatti Five Keyboard Sonatas
Mozart Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K573
Mozart Fantasia in D minor, K397
Handel Suite in G minor, HWV 432

‘As a Russian pianist I often encounter the clichéd expectation that I will be focusing on the Romantic repertoire whereas it is actually the great Baroque and Classical repertoire which has always held a special place in my musical interests.

Scarlatti and Handel were two of the most amazing keyboard virtuosos of their time and yet they are so very different from each other. Their music still appears incredibly modern to me, thus making a discussion about historical instruments and appropriate sound worlds seem almost irrelevant.

Mozart is my very favourite composer. His Duport Variations and D minor Fantasy are perhaps less well known than the piano sonatas but they are nonetheless really wonderful musical pearls!’

Lisa Smirnova, February 2017

‘Smirnova shows, what we, and most pianists, have been missing, for she paints the gigues, fugues and sarabandes with such spirit and wit, that it’s impossible not to be won over by their joy and sophistication.’ Financial Times on ECM Handel Suites recording

Duration: 60 mins without an interval

Date & start time:Sat 7 Oct 2017 – 11.30am
Venue:Hall One

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