Yeol Eum Son
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Multi-award-winning pianist Yeol Eum Sons tempestuous recital celebrates 19th-century keyboard virtuosos.

The first half of this performance features French, Austrian and Hungarian music. Georges Bizets daring Variations chromatiques is followed by Carl Czernys playful Variations on Pierre Rodes Ricordanza. Franz Liszts tude Ricordanza, which pianist-composer Ferruccio Busoni termed a bundle of faded love letters, shows him at his most tenderly nostalgic. Charles-Valentin Alkans Variations on a Theme of Steibelt is flamboyant, witty and brilliant.

The recital concludes with the great piano sonata the Hammerklavier by Beethoven, an inspirational figure for all four composers. Fellow composer Hector Berlioz described this sonata as a sublime poem after he heard Liszt play it in Paris. It is full of passion and drama, with a beautiful slow movement and one of the most challenging and thrilling finales in the piano repertoire.

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Yeol Eum Son Piano

Bizet Variations chromatiques

Czerny Variations on Pierre Rodes Ricordanza

Liszt Ricordanza from the Transcendental Etudes

Alkan Variations on a Theme of Steibelt

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29 Op 106 Hammerklavier

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