The point is to increase gradually the level of the understanding, cultivation and practice of musical art. This task falls particularly to the new Academy.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Alexander Melnikov

17 October 2021, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Black and White Colours 2021

Alexander Melnikov Presented by Liszt Academy

Many Pianos

Schubert: Fantasia in C major ('Wanderer'), D. 760 (on Graff piano)
Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op. 10 (on Pleyel piano)

INTERMISSION

Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan (on Blüthner piano)
Stravinsky: Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’ (on Steinway piano)

Alexander Melnikov (piano)

“The Érard piano reaches such a high level of perfection that it looks forward to the next century. It is impossible to describe it; one must see it, hear it, and play it,” Ádám Liszt, who had arrived in Paris with his 12-year-old son, wrote to Czerny in Vienna in praise of the new instruments made by Sébastien Érard. This enthusiasm sparked a long and fruitful relationship between Liszt and the piano-making family, but of course it was by no means an exclusive relationship since Érard, renowned for his development of the repetition mechanism, was far from being the only one to experiment during the great revolution in modern keyboard instrument-making. For example, Conrad Graf of Vienna, who loaned a piano to Beethoven, was renowned for his powerful sounding instruments, which although not always up to the assault launched on them by Liszt were perfect for the works of Schumann and Brahms, furthermore, Chopin favoured them. The type of piano that eventually proved to be sufficiently massive and resonant to serve the virtuosity ideal of the age was not developed until the second half of the 19th century; Steinway instruments are the best known of this type. Thus, the recital by Alexander Melnikov of Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Stravinsky works is an invitation to a dual journey: it outlines the history of pianos and, at the same time, the fitting compositions of their day.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre

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