A Recital by Denis Kozhukhin pianoBack To Calendar
With special thanks to Ellen and Irv Hockaday
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HANDEL: Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432
BRAHMS: Three Intermezzos, op. 117
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
BOULEZ: Piano Sonata No. 2
Called a “Russian firebrand” by the Chicago Tribune, Denis Kozuhukhin wowed audiences in both Orchestra Hall and Wigmore Hall last year. Seen and Heard International commended his “prodigious technique, penetrating musical insights, and absolutely dazzling passage work.”
This program begins with Handel’s six-movement suite with its famous passacaglia and continues with three autumnal works by Brahms which he called “lullabies to my sorrows.” Next is Gershwin’s crowd-pleasing Rhapsody in Blue.
The second half of the program offers Boulez’s Sonata No. 2, a work written in the aftermath of World War II and full of emotional extremes. A review of a performance in The Guardian describes with passion its “violent, volcanic” sounds and puts forth that “In the sonata’s four movements, you hear the music tearing at the seams of classical and serial structure, as the twenty-three-year-old Boulez tries to find a language that will exorcise the ghosts of classical music, from Bach to Schoenberg.” An experience not to miss.