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Tamara Stefanovich

Friday 15 Jun 2018 3pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Tamara Stefanovich piano

Copland Piano Variations 13′
Messiaen Cantéyodjayâ 12′
Bach Aria variata alla maniera italiana 13′
Ives Sonata No.1 37′

(ends approx. 4.50pm)

The first of two piano recitals (see also Pierre-Laurent Aimard 17 June) celebrating the wildly original music of the father of American experimentalism, Charles Ives. For Ives, transcendence was a matter of everyday life: and all music could open the path to a new Jerusalem. Hymn tunes, folk songs and ragtime rhythms clash, argue and pray in his First Piano Sonata.

From its summit we survey a musical landscape that finds common ground between Ives’s disciple Copland, the controlled ecstasy of Messiaen and – at the root of them all – the universal language of Bach. Stefanovich’s ‘dazzlingly clear’ (The Guardian) virtuosity unites these four singular voices.


Main Image Credit: Marco Borggreve