Chopin Piano Concerto 2 • Poem of Ecstasy

Chopin Piano Concerto 2 • Poem of Ecstasy

14 July 2017
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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 Armenian-American composer Yardumian wrote when he was 19. The youthful first half of this programme gives way to the orchestral arrangement of Rachmaninov’s tender Vocalise, before ending with the evocative soundscapes and gleaming final chords of Scriabin’s aptly titled Poem of Ecstasy.

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Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm-7pm | Library@Esplanade