Rachmaninoff: 13 Preludes, Op. 32 (selections)
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 83
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Russian pianist Lukas Geniušas – a major prize-winner at the prestigious Tchaikovsky and Chopin Competitions – takes the spotlight for this program of treasures from the Russian tradition. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s late-Romantic style 13 Preludes (1910) revel in sumptuous textures and gripping emotions, from melancholy to defiance. Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 – the middle panel of the three grand sonatas that he composed during the Second World War – is a bravura work whose blistering virtuoso finale never fails to bring an audience to its feet. The grand Piano Quintet that Dmitri Shostakovich composed in 1940 (between the sixth and seventh symphonies) covers an enormous span of emotional territory. Launched with a stern, Bach-like prelude and a slow, inexorable fugue, it continues through a pungent, satirical scherzo, a quiet but unsettled intermezzo, and a finale whose emotions seesaw between confidence and uncertainty. The all-Russian performance roster of Lukas Geniušas and the Borodin Quartet is sure to produce a transcendent performance!