Yay! Another Sunday, another concert at the Canyon Theater in the Boulder Public Library. What a beautiful recital hall! I’ve been to three concerts there since we moved to town four months ago, and each time it has been packed out. It’s so nice to see the community supporting local arts.
Pianist Nina Tichman presented a concert of music by Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and contemporary composer Stefan Heucke. This was the program (my observations are written in italics):
Sonata, Opus 122, D. 568 E-flat major
Polonaise-Fantasie, Opus 61, A-flat major
Etudes These pieces are extremely difficult to play. Ms. Tichman played them with superior technical control and touching musicality.
pour les tierces (thirds)
pour les degres chromatiques (chromatic degrees)
pour les agrements (ornaments)
pour les octaves (octaves)
Skizzen, Ruinen, Adlerfittige aus Preludes These preludes were written as a birthday present to a friend. This was the American premiere of these four preludes. The set includes twelve preludes.
In moto scorrendo Very unusual and striking harmonies. I loved it. (Scorrendo means “flowing”).
Molto moderato, in tempo di Polacca
Sehr langsam und schwer (Meaning “Very slow and burdensome”).
Polichinelle, opus 3, no. 4 This piece and the next were my favorite pieces of the concert. Ms. Tichman obviously enjoyed playing them as well.
Prelude, opus 32, no.12, g-sharp minor
Etude-tableaux, opus 39, no.9, D major
It was a lovely concert. I was glad I brought my laptop to research some of the pieces during intermission. It would have been nice to have some translations in the program, as well as a few program notes. Ms. Tichman did introduce the Heucke preludes with a little background information. The more we know about these pieces, the better we understand and appreciate.