Pianist and Co-Artistic Director of Omega Ensemble, Maria Raspopova performs in the most intimate of chamber music settings: as solo pianist. Piano favourites from Ballades to the Bourgeois.
In this program she displays her fine ability to play technically demanding works as well as draw out subtle shadings of colour from the piano.
This finely balanced program of music includes Debussy’s deeply intimate and lyrical Claire de Lune and Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 No.8. The program also includes Chopin’s epic and dramatic Ballade in F minor contrasted by Erik Satie’s delightful Trois Gymnopedies and Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives, recently recorded for Omega Classics.
Sergei Prokofiev: Visions fugitives, Op.22
Claude Debussy: Claire de Lune
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Eric Satie: Trois Gymnopédies
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 No.8
JOY: is next up for Omega Ensemble, Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova with Featured Artist: Veronique Serret.
Works of new beginnings.
Acclaimed violinist Veronique Serret and Clemens Leske join forces for a powerful presentation of Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata. This work for violin and piano celebrates new directions in music bridging the Classical and Romantic periods.
Included also is the exuberant Nonet by nineteeth century composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazer for female composers to come, and Schubert’s Notturno, a gift of melody in all its glory. The evening concludes with one of Australia’s favourite composers, Elena Kats-Chernin and one of her most treasured works, Russian Rag, in a very special arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble.
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major, Op. 148
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major, Op. 38
Elena Kats-Chernin: Russian Rag (Nonet arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble)