Nicolas Namoradze solo recital
16 February 2020
The performances of Nicolas Namoradze, pianist and composer, have been hailed by critics as “sparkling … sensitive and coloristic” (New York Times) and “simply gorgeous” (Wall Street Journal).
In this Azrieli Foundation Debut Series recital, Nicolas Namoradze presents a number of fascinating cross-temporal musical relationships, opening with a pairing of Scriabin’s “Black Mass” Sonata and Bach’s Sinfonia in F minor that highlights features in the work of one composer typically associated with the other: in this case, the intricate polyphonic textures in Scriabin’s Sonata and the daring chromaticism of Bach’s brief Sinfonia. The Sinfonia also serves as a bridge from the Scriabin Sonata to another large-scale work, Bach’s magisterial Partita in E minor.
The second half of the program juxtaposes York Bowen’s Twelve Studies, an imaginative set of pieces that each explore a different pianistic challenge, with Namoradze’s own virtuosic Etudes, pieces that John Corigliano has called “some of the most innovative and dynamic works of this century.”
Nicolas Namoradze piano
Piano Sonata No. 9 Op. 68 “Black Mass”
Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor BWV 795
Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830
Twelve Studies Op. 46
Etudes I-VI *