Beethoven Bagatelles, Op. 33
Mozart Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311
Rachmaninov Preludes, Op. 32 (selection)
Ukrainian pianist Sasha Grynyuk has been praised by the great American pianist and writer, Charles Rosen, as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality”. His programme showcases the musical development of three great composers. Beethoven composed Bagatelles throughout his career, keeping them in a folder until he had time to have them published. This set contains pieces that date back to when he was a boy of twelve. Mozart’s expressive Sonata was composed at a time when his style was developing and he was picking up ideas from Haydn and the Mannheim School, with orchestral style passages and sharp dynamic contrasts. Like Chopin, Rachmaninov completed a full set of 24 Preludes, with the last 13, the Op. 32, being composed nine years after the first. Featuring complex dance rhythms and peerless lyrical passages, they remain one of the pinnacles of the solo piano repertoire.
Concerts last an hour and the ticket price includes tea, coffee and cake.