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Classic Russian Technique Meets Intense Passion, Pianist Pashkov plays San Miguel

By Mittie Roger

Pianist Alexander Pashkov, who played with the Kirov Orchestra under Gergiev, returns to San Miguel after his superb concerts for us last season. With a classical Russian technique paired with the intense passion of his playing, Pashkov leaves audiences entranced, not wanting his recitals to end. He will play two entirely new programs, including works by great romantic composers, such as Beethoven, Schuman, and Chopin.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Alexander Pashkov
Sat and Sun, Jan 9 and 10, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo
120, 250, 350 pesos

Two Beethoven compositions will be featured, his Andante favori in F Major, and the Sonata in C minor.  The Andante favori carries the WoO abbreviation, meaning, “work without opus number,” implying a sort of musical orphan, originally composed as part of the Waldstein Sonata, but the composer changed his mind, later releasing it on its own. The Andante favori was used in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, giving emotive life to several of the series’ most powerful moments. The Sonata in C minor was the third of a set dedicated to Haydn, Beethoven’s teacher.

Pashkov will also play several Schuman selections, including [untitled] in C major, one of the more demanding pieces of Book 2 of the Album for the Young. It’s heralded for the deep expression required of the pianist. He will also perform Variations on the Name “Abegg” in F major. A-B-E-G-G is the sequence of pitches appearing in the melody (B being the German notation for B-flat) and was dedicated to Pauline von Abegg, a woman Schuman met at the tender age of twenty. Meanwhile, Davidsbündler is a beautiful expression of the deep, loving relationship Schuman had with his wife, Clara, an esteemed international concert pianist. Davidsbündler is based on a polish folk-inspired composition by Clara.  He even prominently uses the descending fifth, their private call, “Cla-ra”, to infuse the composition with her name.

Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3, his last and longest sonata for piano, will also be featured. It is one of Chopin’s most difficult compositions, technically and musically. Pashkov will undoubtedly stun the audience on Pro Musica’s magnificent new—Steinway grand in this piece, and with Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie, a very complex composition inspired by a Polish dance, which didn’t gain popularity until the mid 19th century, perhaps due to its intricacy.  Finally, we will hear Chopin’s Baracole in F Major, composed in 1845-46, when he was terminally ill with tuberculosis and which he played in his last public concert. The extraordinary dynamic range of the Steinway D will reveal new meaning and depths of understanding in these great works not previously heard in San Miguel.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s church are 120, 250, and 350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3; the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.

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