This month I am delighted to welcome the great pianist Alexei Lubimov to the stage of the Jerome Robbins Theater. Alexei is truly a singular musician whose passions and expertise extend from Baroque music to modern scores of the 20th century. To showcase his incredible versatility, Alexei has chosen two distinct programs to perform at BAC — I hope you will join us!
By Mikhail Baryshnikov
An early champion of avant-garde music in Russia, Alexei gave the Moscow premieres of works by John Cage in the 1960's, at a time when experimental music was forbidden. At BAC, March 22-24, in a special collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, he will play Cage's Four Walls with a new staging of Merce Cunningham's Doubletoss, performed by former Merce Cunningham dancers.
In a second program, March 27-28, Alexei will perform on a copy of a 6 ½-octave 1820's Viennese fortepiano, a piano that has rarely been played in New York. This instrument, which was hand-built in Maine, will be delivered to BAC for two remarkable evenings of music. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Beethoven's monumental late sonatas played on a fortepiano, and works by Schubert and Glinka as they would have been heard nearly 200 years ago.
Please see the performance details below. I hope to see you here.
Lubimov by Francois Sechet; fortepiano (R.J. Regier of Freeport, ME) by Warren Roos
Playing on a copy of an 1820's Viennese fortepiano, Alexei Lubimov performs Glinka's Introduction and Variations on a Theme from I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Schubert's Two Impromptus, Op. 90; and Beethoven's Sonatas, Op. 109 and 111.
"While there's no shortage of fine recordings of these famous pieces, there has been none…to equal Lubimov on instruments of Schubert's day." – BBC Music Magazine on Lubimov's Schubert Impromptus recording.
Mar 27-28 / Tue-Wed / 8 PM
Baryshnikov Arts Center
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