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Vadym Kholodenko Performs Mozart & Rzewski

The virtuoso pianist presents an unusual recital of two halves: Mozart’s Requiem transcribed for piano and Rzewski’s resistance anthem.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Sun 14 Apr3.00 pm
2 hours 10 minutes
Conductor(s):
Performer(s):
  • Vadym Kholodenko piano

Programme

  • Mozart: Requiem arr. Klindworth for piano
  • Interval
  • Rzewski: 36 Variations on `The People united will never be defeated!' for piano

About this event

Winner of the 2014 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko devotes his concert to two vast, extraordinary works – spanning a narrative from grief to resistance that connects deeply with the spirit of his home country.

He performs Mozart’s Requiem in a little-known, grand-scale transcription by Karl Klindworth, a pupil of Franz Liszt, who managed to encapsulate the beauty and magnificence of the work for chorus and orchestra on the piano alone.

The recital’s other half consists of Frederic Rzewski’s 36 Variations on ‘The People United Will Never Be Defeated!’, the American composer’s ear-boggling transformation of Sergio Ortega’s Chilean resistance anthem.

This truly iconic piece has become the late 20th century’s successor to the giant variation sets of Beethoven and Bach.

‘One of Kholodenko’s two most notable qualities as a pianist are his stunning ringing tone, which allows him to leave notes hanging in the air longer than the physics of acoustics would suggest is possible. The other is an opposite crisp and spectacular digital speed.’

Los Angeles Times

Venue details

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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