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Piano Fest at Strovolos Theatre in June

Music interpreters, in their capacity as universal performing artists, have always served as ambassadors of transnational artistic creation. Through their performances, they communicate to audiences an endless and diverse spectrum of meanings and messages, which, in its totality, ranks as the gateway to understanding human existence. As a deed of altruism, music sets the conditions for mutual understanding, solidarity, empathy and love. Works that once emerged from the inherent need for personal expression, and which constituted catalysts for spiritual uplift, now offer a glimmer of hope that humans will ultimately coexist. By contrast, works, which were originally intended to awaken national sentiment, have come to operate as bridges of familiarity and communication between different cultures and peoples. During their lifetime, many composers were severely criticized, if not persecuted, for the messages they sought to convey, precisely because the power of their music was regarded as a threat to the regime.

Have you ever wondered what the Six Partitas of the German Johann Sebastian Bach would have been like without the influence of the French clavecinistes, what meaning the works of the Hungarian Franz Liszt would have had without the influence of Italian art, or, even, what kind of dialectic the Russian Sergei Rachmaninoff would have infused into his works without the influence of the Polish Chopin—and what style would Constantinos Y. Stylianou’s Préludes have without the example of the French Claude Debussy and the inspiration drawn from the works of such visual artists as the Dutch Piet Mondrian, the English J. M. W. Turner, the Swiss Alberto Giacometti or the Portuguese Paula Rego?

LMS and the four distinguished pianists of PIANOFEST2 resist vehemently any form of division and alienation, and insist on promoting these timeless values in the furtherance of a better and more peaceful state of affairs, within which humanity may prosper in harmony.

You are invited to honour us with your presence and support in our effort to stand up against all kinds of division and hatred, and for the preservation of peace and love. Art unites.

Friday, 10 June 2022 | 20:00

Strovolos Municipal Theatre

George Mannouris

Programme

Liszt: Five Études: Waldesrauschen, Un sospiro, Études d’exécution transcendante, S. 139, Nos. 10–12

Chopin: Sonata for piano No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for piano No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36

PIANOFEST2 continues with a recital by George Mannouris who, with this performance, also makes his professional debut in a solo recital in Cyprus. Having studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, the New England Conservatory and Brandeis University in Boston, George has performed in some leading venues in Europe and North America. In addition to being a concert pianist, George is also an award-winning poet and a historical musicologist; he has already given a series of lectures on the Romantic movement, Liszt, Wagner, nineteenth-century opera, music and philosophy, and music aesthetics.

The programme begins with five virtuosic studies by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. Three derive from a series of twelve compositions, which Liszt entitled Études d’Exécution Transcendante. This final set was published in 1852 as a revision of an 1837 series, which in turn was an elaboration of a preliminary series of smaller studies written in 1826, when the composer was only fourteen years old. The three studies, no. 10 in F minor, no. 11 “Harmonies du Soir” and no. 12 “Chasse Neige” alternate with two other studies. The first, entitled “Waldesrauschen” (“Whispers in the Woods”), originates in the set Two Concert Studies, while the second, “Un sospiro” (“A Sigh”), comes from the set Three Concert Studies.

These are followed by the Second Piano Sonata by Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. It rates as one of the greatest sonatas in the piano literature. The Sonata centres on the famous funeral march, the composition of which preceded that of the other three movements.

The programme concludes with the Second Piano Sonata by the Russian Sergei Rachmaninoff, a work inspired by Chopin’s Second Sonata. The two works also share the same tonality, B-flat minor.

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 | 20:00

Strovolos Municipal Theatre

Nicolas Costantinou

Programme

Constantinos Y. Stylianou:

12 Préludes, Book I

PIANOFEST2 concludes with a recital by Nicolas Costantinou, who has recently been awarded the title of Steinway Artist. Nicolas is active not only as a soloist, but also as an enthusiastic pianist in chamber music and classical ensembles. He has recently recorded Constantinos Y. Stylianou’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in C major, with Péter Somodari, and his Two Sonatas for Viola and Piano with Máté Szűcs.

Nicolas will give the world premiere of the complete cycle of the First Series of 12 Préludes for solo piano by Cypriot composer Constantinos Y. Stylianou, which were completed between 2008 and 2014. Each Prelude is inspired by a work of art. These include: the statue The Victory of Samothrace, the paintings Composition in Yellow and Blue, by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, L’Étang des Sœurs, by Paul Cézanne, Snowstorm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, by J. M. W. Turner, “The Weeping Angel,” from Robert Campin’s The Seilern Triptych, Die Lebensstufen (The Stages of Life), by C. D. Friedrich, the statuette Homme qui marche (Walking Man), by Alberto Giacometti, the paintings La Leçon de Piano (The Piano Lesson), by Henri Matisse, Der Kuss (The Kiss), by Gustav Klimt, Le Rond Rouge (The Red Circle), by Wassily Kandinsky, Ο Κόσμος της Κύπρου, by Adamantios Diamantis and The Dance, by Paula Rego.

TICKETS

Stephanis Stores

SEASON PASS €45

Single tickets

Full-price €15 | Concessions* €10

* LMS members, pensioners, full-time students, soldiers

Important notice: Patrons are welcome to purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited and assigned numerically. Alternatively, patrons may purchase available tickets or returns at the box office only on the evening of the performance.

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SPONSORS: Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Alpha Mega

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