Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov reopens the season and the Grand Auditorium to the public, performing solo, on April 19 and 20, with a program consisting of the four ‘Polonaises’, by Chopin, and the Ten Preludes, op. 23, by Rachmaninoff.
Maria João Pires acts immediately, on April 22 and 23, with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, under the direction of Trevor Pinnock, to interpret Ludwig van Beethoven’s 3rd Concerto for piano and orchestra. The recording of this work, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding, earned the pianist the Gramophone Prize in 2015. Mozart’s Symphonies no. 31 and no. 39 will also be interpreted.
This is Maria João Pires’ second program, this Gulbenkian season, after having offered Mozart’s Concerto nº 20, for piano, in December.
English conductor, pianist, harpsichordist and organist Trevor Pinnock, who conducts the orchestra, is among the pioneers of musicological research and historically informed interpretation. In 1972, he founded the orchestra The English Concert and, in 2007, The European Brandenburg Ensemble, formations dedicated to the classical and baroque repertoire, with period instruments.
The debut of pianist Raul da Costa, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, on May 9, within the scope of the ‘Sunday Concerts’, is another highlight of this third and final part of the Gulbenkian Music season 2020-2021.
Raul da Costa will interpret Sergei Prokofiev’s 1st Piano and Orchestra Concerto, in a program dedicated to Russian music, under the direction of conductor Johannes Klumpp. The opening of the opera ‘Ruslan e Liudmila’ and the ‘Valsa Fantasia’, by Mikhail Glinka, and Prokofiev’s 1st Symphony, are the other works announced for this Sunday concert, which should maintain the tradition and be commented on by a musician from the Gulbenkian Orchestra.