Alexei Lubimov Plays Schubert's Impromptus

Monday, November 15, 2010

On Tuesday, November 16 at 9 pm, the complete Schubert Impromptus come to life in a Lincoln Center performance by the Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov. The broadcast airs on 105.9 FM and on WQXR.org.

Recorded on November 13 as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival of spiritual music, this program is the second of two "Late-Night Elegies" comprised entirely of solo piano music. The first evening, featuring works ranging from C.P.E. Bach to Arvo Pärt, will be aired on Q2 in the coming weeks.

Composed in 1827, Schubert's eight Impromptus are among his most powerful and introspective works, requiring discerning musicianship and a feel for the music's color and poetry. The Soviet-trained Lubimov, known for his pioneering performances of Western contemporary music in Russia, as well as his recordings on ECM, makes a rare New York appearance for this recital.

Recital: Part One

Recital: Part Two

Recital: Part Three

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Comments [2]

Michael Meltzer

In the third paragraph, your anonymous writer says that the impromptus "are AMONG his most powerful....etc." On the home page, the word "among" is deleted, greatly changing the meaning of the sentence.

Nov. 16 2010 01:19 AM
Michael Meltzer

I don't know why comments like the above about the power and the content of the impromptus are unsigned.
I love the impromptus, but I suggest that the writer spend some extra time with the piano sonatas and the quartets, and I would then expect a revised statement that's at least a little more circumspect.
I am extremely wary of "funnelling down" any great composer to his "best" or "most representative" works. I know that it simplifies programming duties, but for music lovers, it totally misses the point.

Nov. 16 2010 01:14 AM

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