Alexei Lubimov, hammerklavier. Recital
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasia in C minor, K. 396
Jan Ladislav Dussek
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 44 (‘The Farewell’)
Variations in E-flat major on a Theme from Mozart’ Die Zauberflöte (for piano)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53
Alexei Lubimov is a role model for many in the musical world. Having finished the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Heinrich Neuhaus, he soon developed an equal passion for Baroque music performed on early musical instruments and for the 20th-century music: from Schönberg to Sofia Gubaidulina to Arvo Pärt. He was the leader of the ensemble ‘Music — 20th Century’ (1969—1974), the first in the USSR to perform music by Schönberg, Webern, Bartók, Stockhausen, Cage, and Riley. Since 1998, he has been a Professor of the Mozarteum University Salzburg. He has recorded with Melodiya, Erato, BIS, Sony, ECM, Alpha, and other labels.
At the Diaghilev Festival, Lubimov will play a hammerklavier made by a famous fortepiano maker Paul McNulty. This instrument was purchased by the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre a few years ago especially for a major project: Perm production of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy. It is a replica of a hammerklavier owned by Anton Walter of the so-called Viennese piano making school, a manufacturer greatly appreciated by Mozart who bought one of Walter’s instruments in 1782. McNulty’s replica is different from the original in one aspect: its range is 5.5 octaves instead of 5, so it is suitable for the later, Romantic repertoire as well. Alexei Lubimov’s Festival programme thrives on this improvement.
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