‘An artist firmly on a unique and original path’ - The Globe and Mail
Lan Shui, conductor
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano
R. YARDUMIAN Armenian Suite
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
A. LIADOV The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62
SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54
Young Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin takes the lead in Chopin’s lyrical Second Piano Concerto, written when the composer was just 20, akin to the Armenian Suite which Richard Yardumian – who was born 100 years ago in 1917 – wrote when he was 19. The youthful first half of this programme gives way to the gentle ebb and flow of Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake, before ending with the evocative soundscapes and gleaming final chords of Scriabin’s aptly titled Poem of Ecstasy.