Yamaha & Bosendorfer Piano Festival - RECITAL BY INNA FALIKS, PIANO

22sep12:3013:00Yamaha & Bosendorfer Piano Festival - RECITAL BY INNA FALIKS, PIANOSala Stradivari12:30 - 13:00(GMT+00:00)

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“Manuscripts Don’t Burn”

Maya Miro Johnson (2001): Manuscripts Don’t Burn, written for Inna Faliks and inspired by the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Veronika Krausas (1963): Master and Margarita Suite
Time to Go – A Sarabande
The 14th of the Month of Nisan
Night Streets of Moscow – a Polonaise
Yellow Flower Waltz
Fantasia – “Have You Stopped Loving Me?”
Behemoth Somersaults into Cognac – a Bagatelle

Listen to the Silence – Epilogue
Fazil Say (1970): Black Earth
Ljova Zhurbin (1978): ‘Sirota’ for piano and vintage recordings.
(written for Inna Faliks. Uses a 1907 recording of the cantor Gershon Sirots)
Richard Danielpour (1956): Lullaby
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849): Polonaise-Fantasie op 61

Inna Faliks, piano

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared on many of the world’s great stages in recital and with many major orchestras, performing with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart and many others. Her recent seasons include performances at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, National Gallery in Washington DC, Chigiana Academy in Italy, as soloist with US orchestras nation-wide, and repeated tours of all the major venues in China.

Ms. Faliks collaborates with and premieres music by some of today’s most significant composers, including Billy Childs, Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres and Clarice Assad. She founded the award-winning poetry-music series Music/Words in 2008, with dozens of performances in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, both on stage and on WFMT radio. She regularly tours her monologue-recital Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist, which tells the story of her immigration to the United States from Odessa with music by Bach, Chopin, Gershwin and Carter (recorded on Delos). Inna Faliks’ discography includes Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel (Navona, 2021), for which she commissioned nine composers to respond to Beethoven’s Bagatelles op 126 and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. Also released in 2021 (MSR Classics) is The Schumann Project, Volume 1, which includes Clara Schumann’s G minor sonata and Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes opus 13. Other releases include all-Beethoven and Rachmaninoff/Ravel/Pasternak discs for MSR Classics, and The Master and Margarita project, featuring three world premieres on Sono Luminus (2022).

Ms. Faliks is professor and head of Piano Studies at UCLA, and in demand world-wide as a masterclass artist and adjudicator. She is also a published writer, with articles and essays appearing in Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, among other media outlets. A musical memoir, titled Weight in the Fingertips, will be published in 2023 by Globe Pequot. Inna Faliks è un’artista Yamaha.

Inna Faliks’s 2023-24 concert season is marked by the long-awaited release of her memoir, Weight in the Fingertips – a Musical Odyssey from Soviet Ukraine to the World Stage. , on bookshelves October 15th. In March 2024, she will release the album Manuscripts Don’t Burn, a very personal album that is a combination of music written for her and music of Schubert-Liszt and Fanny Mendelssohn. Today’s program is a deeply personal celebration of both the book and the CD.

Faliks has asked the composers Maya Miro Johnson and Veronika Krausas to compose works for her that respond to one of her favorite novels, Ukrainian-born Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita. A modern day retelling of Faust, it is also powerful commentary on the life of an artist during a totalitarian regime. Faliks carried the book out of Odessa when her family immigrated – and it has been a long-term companion through her artistic life, and is frequently mentioned in her own book.

Maya Miro Johnson imagines the character of Margarita. right before she meets Mephistopheles, in the book. Manuscripts Don’t Burn is the most famous phrase from the novel – the devil speaks it as he recreates a lost manuscript of the Master, the lover of Margarita. This young composer uses extended techniques and many sound effects to create the mysterious dark landscape of the novel

Veronika Krausas creates an elegant dance suite that responds to a variety of quotes from the novel, chosen by Faliks. Minimalist and elegant, the music takes a more humorous, reserved approach to the novel.

Juxtaposing Black Earth and Sirota in this program allows Faliks to travel to the Black Sea. As her home city of Odessa is under attack, she conjurs it through the sounds of Sirota, which uses a 1907 recording of the “Jewish Caruso”, the legendary Odessa cantor Gershon Sirota. Black Earth is a reimagining of a tragic Turkish Ballad, complete with sounds of the Saz, a Turkish Lute.

Danielpour’s mournful Lullaby is from his piano suite “Joys and Sorrows”, written for Faliks to premiere in 2023.

It is followed by Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie – the center piece of Faliks’s one woman show Polonaise-Fantasie the Story of a Pianist, on which her book is based.



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