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Winterlude: Suite Saturday with Jean-Guihen Queyras

Jean-Guihen Queyras’ recording of the Bach Solo Suites for Cello stands among the very best. This is your opportunity to hear him perform all six suites LIVE in the intimate environs of the Annex.

 

Take note!As the Annex is a small and intimate venue, tickets for Suite Saturday will initially be available only to those purchasing a series of all 3 Winterlude concerts. Suite Saturday will be available as part of a build your own subscription or series add-on (MAY 20) once the early bird deadline has passed. Seating at the Annex is general admission.

 

Program:

Bach: 6 Cello Suites BMV 1007-1012

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Winterlude: Super Sunday with Alexander Melnikov

With his enormously diverse range of repertoire, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is in demand both as a soloist and chamber musician. At the VRS, we have enjoyed hearing him in both formats. These two Sunday performances offer the pleasure of hearing him on his own – in the afternoon – and in collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras in the evening.

Program:

Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Debussy: Preludes for Piano, Book 2, L12

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:
city-of-vancouver-new

 

Winterlude: Super Sunday with Jean-Guihen Queyras

With his enormously diverse range of repertoire, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov is in demand both as a soloist and chamber musician. At the VRS, we have enjoyed hearing him in both formats. These two Sunday performances offer the pleasure of hearing him on his own – in the afternoon – and in collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras in the evening.

“The brilliant verve of Jean-Guihen Queyras in the Debussy cello sonata marked him instantly as a performer we want to hear again and again” – The Financial Times

“Melnikov’s playing has wonderful colour and imagination” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Program:

Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 102
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Webern: 3 Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11 (1914)
Chopin: Cello Sonata, Op. 65

Sponsored by: The Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation

Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Javier Perianes

Since his first appearance for the VRS in 2008 — with a return engagement in 2009 — Javier Perianes’ career has flourished, taking him to the world’s most prestigious venues. We are delighted to welcome this Spanish “poet of the piano” back to our concert stage after an absence of seven years.

“A pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch” – The Telegraph

Program:

Schubert: Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946
De Falla: Homenaje “Le tombeau de Claude Debussy”
Debussy: La soirée dans Grenade (Estampes)
Debussy: La puerta del vino (Preludes – Book II)
Debussy: La sérénade interrompue (Preludes – Book I)
Albéniz: El Albayzin (Suite Iberia)
De Falla: El amor brujo, suite for piano

 

Series Sponsor:

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Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Florian Boesch and Miah Persson

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch, one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters, makes a welcome return to the VRS stage — this time with Swedish soprano Miah Persson. This is the first duo vocal recital in the history of the VRS with the added benefit of the wonderful Malcolm Martineau at the keyboard. Not to be missed!

“Boesch doesn’t just sing this music, he inhabits it to the hilt. His voice has a thrilling edge, and he colours his lines with delicate artistry, yet his approach is as natural as conversation, never going for effects for their own sake, or inflating the importance of trifles which some of these songs indubitably are” – The Independent

The program takes us through Schumann’s life in song, starting with the first song he wrote for his first girlfriend, to his last two, written for Queen Mary Stuart, in the depths of madness.

Program:

Sehnsucht (1827)
Gesanges Erwachen (1828)
Waldesgespräch  Op. 39 No. 3
Mondnacht  Op. 39 No. 5
Schöne Fremde  Op. 39 No. 6
Frühlingsnacht  Op. 39 No. 12
Dein Angesicht  Op. 127 No. 2
Seit ich ihn gesehen  Op. 42 No. 1
Helft mir, ihr Schwestern  Op. 42 No. 5
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan  Op. 42 No. 8
Erstes Grün  Op. 35 No. 4
Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend  Op. 35 No. 5
Stille Tränen  Op. 35 No. 10
Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint  Op. 37 No. 1
O ihr Herren  Op. 37 No. 3
Herbstlied (duet)  Op 43 No. 2
Belsatzar  Op. 57

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Liebesgram (duet) from  Op 74 No. 3
Schneeglöckchen  Op. 79 No. 26
Er ist’s  Op. 79 No. 23
Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt  Op. 98a No. 6
An die Türen will ich schleichen  Op. 98a No. 8
Es stürmet am Abendhimmel  Op. 89 No. 1
Nachtlied  Op. 96 No. 1
Geisternähe  Op. 77 No. 3
Aufträge  Op. 77 No. 5
Die Sennin  Op. 90 No. 4
Meine Rose  Op. 90 No. 2
Requiem  Op. 90 No. 7
Abendlied   Op 107 No. 6
Warnung  Op. 119 No. 2
Abschied von der Welt  Op. 135 No. 4
Gebet  Op. 135 No. 5

 

Series sponsor:

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Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Danish String Quartet

Following an electrifying sold-out performance on our Next Generation Series at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2014, the Danish String Quartet went on to conquer the North American scene. They’ve earned rave reviews and return engagements. This is one of them.

“A concert that was as comprehensively rewarding as any chamber- music performance in recent memory… Do not lose track of this group: even by today’s high standard, it offers something very special” – The Boston Globes

Program:

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier II, Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major, BWV 876 (Arr. Mozart)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127

Series sponsor:

Peak

 

 

Concert sponsor: Judith & Poul Hansen

Supported by:

city-of-vancouver-new

 

 

Benjamin Grosvenor

Since bursting on to the music scene in 2004 at the age of 11, Benjamin Grosvenor has become an internationally regarded pianist and is now one of the world’s most sought after young musicians. This is Benjamin’s third appearance for the VRS and his first at the Chan Centre.

“The darling of British pianophiles since his victory in the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, Mr. Grosvenor, in his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Zankel Hall on Thursday, proved a boy lord of the piano.” – The New York Times

Program:

Schumann: Arabesque, Op. 18
Mozart: Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333
Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 “Fantasy”
Granados: Los Requiebros and El Fandango, from Goyescas, Op. 11
Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole

Concert Sponsor: The John C. Kerr Family Foundation

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia’s place among the great pianists of our time is not disputed. “Poetic and tender” and “scrupulous musicianship and elegance” perfectly describe his particular kind of magic. Each and every performance is a revelation.

“Perahia’s virtuosity, never fussy, narcissistic or quirky, generates a heightened sense of drama in whatever he plays. At 67, his gifts as a storyteller have deepened.” – The LA Times

Program:

Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major
Schubert: Impromptus Op. 142, D. 935
No. 1 in F minor, Allegro moderato
No. 2 in A flat, Allegretto
No. 3 in B flat, Theme (Andante) with variations
No. 4 in F minor, Allegro scherzando
– Intermission –
Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111

 

Concert Sponsor: Jean Hodgins

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

 

Paul Lewis

VRS audiences have had the opportunity to witness Paul Lewis’ rise to fame since he first performed in Vancouver in 2001. He is now regarded as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

Of Paul’s recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote, “There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.”

Program:

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Chopin: Three Waltzes
Weber: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat, Op. 39

Concert Sponsor: Elaine Adair

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

Behzod Abduraimov

“He has fingers that seem as though they were made to create rainbows” – Los Angeles Times

“Fingers of fire. He is an electric battery”- Le Temps

These two quotes say it all. That’s why we’re bringing this Uzbek wonder back. Get ready for goosebumps!

Program:

Vivaldi-Bach-Cortot: Siciliana in D minor
Bach-Busoni: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
Balakirev: Islamey, Op. 18

Concert sponsor: Kurt Gagel

In association with:

Chan-and-UBC

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