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Daniel Kharitonov: Precision and Poetry

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
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Tuesday 11 May 202119:30
Daniel KharitonovPiano

Daniel Kharitonov makes his International Piano Series debut in a recital featuring music by a composer who gave the piano a new language.

Kharitonov is a pianist with the world at his fingertips. He stole hearts at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition and has since become a favourite of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Returning after a thrilling appearance here in 2017 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, his solo debut at Southbank Centre begins and ends with composers on the cusp of transforming the piano’s capabilities.

When Beethoven’s pupil Ferdinand Ries first heard the Piano Sonata Op.31 No.2, he was taken aback by the music’s restlessness and ambiguities. Asked by Ries what the music meant, Beethoven simply directed him to ‘read Shakespeare’s The Tempest.’

In 1802, Beethoven was expanding the piano’s range of expression; 30 years later, Chopin was giving the instrument a whole new language.

The Etudes Op.10 declare the composer’s intention to simultaneously achieve virtuosity, precision and poetry. Together, the set forms an engrossing journey through various visions of beauty that literally stretch the hands of the pianist.

Kharitonov follows the Etudes with Chopin’s own vision of a tempest, his dramatic Scherzo No.3 in C minor. He also negotiates the seething passions of Brahms’ concise, compressed Rhapsodies.

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