Saturday 16 September 1:00pm – 2:00pm
£15.00 (18 and under free)
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Venue: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York

Piano Recital

Katya Apekisheva piano

Schubert Three Piano Pieces, D946
Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat major, D960

We welcome back to the festival the wonderful Russian pianist Katya Apekisheva for her solo recital. Described as ‘a profoundly gifted musician’ (Gramophone Magazine) Katya is renowned throughout the world as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation.

In a change of programme she will play one of the greatest of all sonatas, Schubert’s final instrumental work written only a few months before his death, age 31. In this transcendental piano sonata there is a sense of timelessness, quiet majesty, and cosmic expanse. Schubert’s piano sonatas remained uncharted territory for an embarrassingly long time. Rachmaninov did not know of their existence. It would seem that their unique character and vision was quite commonly obscured by lazy assumptions and cliches; their lack of conventional form, their ‘heavenly length’, their touching ‘Viennese lightness’ and lyricism. One of the first pianists to realise what he was dealing, the great German pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895 – 1991), said the sonatas are, “an exploration of the immeasurable depths of Schubert’s soul, offering nothing for the out and out virtuoso and everything for those who find solace in music freed from all material concerns’.

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Event Date: 16/09/2023 1:00 pm

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