Classic Russian Technique Meets Intense Passion
By Mittie Roger
After his spectacular recitals for Pro Musica last season, Alexander Pashkov takes the stage with two new concerts featuring works of the great romantic composers on Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, at St. Paul’s Church on calle Cardo. His classical Russian technique, combined with inspiring intensity and tenacity, is absolutely spellbinding.
Pro Musica Concert Series
with Alexander Pashkov
Sat and Sun, Jan 9 and 10, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Alexander Pashkov was born in Russia. His mother was a pianist and teacher, making him a musician from childhood. He entered the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Musical Conservatory at the age of 14. After performing in a vast array of concert halls internationally, Pashkov chose Morelia as his home, location of the Conservatory de Las Rosas, the oldest musical conservatory in North America. Additionally, Pashkov has authored several essays on Chopin, devoted to the ethics of performance and methods of learning technically demanding repertoire. His new book, Philosophy of Music, should be completed soon.
Saturday will feature Bach, Hayden, Beethoven, and Schumann. The “Partitas,” concert works by Bach, evolved from baroque dances. They were Bach’s last and most technically demanding keyboard suites. Pashkov will play Beethoven’s Andante favori, a musical orphan with the designation WoO (work without opus), which was used in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. Pashkov will also play several Schuman selections, including [untitled] in C major, one of the more demanding pieces of Book 2 of Album for the Young. 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.
Sunday will feature Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, one of the compositions Pashkov will play, is the third of a set of three dedicated to his teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn. Pashkov will also play Chopin’s Barcarole. As with Ravel’s La Valse, Chopin’s Barcarole can be seen as the apotheosis of the form. The barcarole was the traditional song of the Venetian gondoliers. The form was used in instrumental suites, étude books, and many operas during the 19th century.
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 La 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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