Alexei Lubimov's Late-Night Elegies
The Russian Pianist Performs Two Contrasting Sets of Piano Miniatures
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Equipped with diverse musical interests, a keen programmatic awareness, and a vast repertoire, pianist Alexei Lubimov is not exactly a proponent of conventionality. The breadth of his musical interests are on full display as part of his two White Light Festival "Late-Night Elegies" recitals on November 11 and 13, both of which are being recorded at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for future inclusion on WQXR and Q2.
The first recital is characteristic of Lubimov's ecclecticism and features works ranging from Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach to Arvo Pärt. Fusing nine works from three centuries, the program attempts striking and illuminating juxtapositions between seemingly unrelated pieces, pitting, for instance, Cage’s drifting In A Landscape with Franz Liszt’s La lugubre gondola, or C.P.E. Bach’s brooding Fantasia in F-sharp minor with Tigran Mansurian’s Nostalgia. This meticulously constructed program takes its inspiration from a 2000 ECM recording entitled Der Bote - Elegies for Piano and will be Web cast in its entirety on Q2.
Coming from a musician equally adept in modern music and historical performance practice, the program isn’t really that unexpected. In the 1960s Lubimov performed the Moscow premieres of works by John Cage and Terry Riley in addition to championing scores by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and György Ligeti. A few years later he founded the Moscow Baroque Quartet, a pioneering historical performance ensemble in the U.S.S.R. with which Lubimov played harpsichord and fortepiano.
Performing an enormous variety of repertoire throughout the world, Lubimov is just as likely to be heard performing Mozart concertos with the Haydn Sinfonietta. His second recital demonstrates his versatility with a performance of the complete Schubert Impromptus and will be broadcast at a later date on WQXR.