Vladimir Feltsman, Piano
After astonishing Ravinia audiences with the complete first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in 2008, the man lionized by the New York Times as “quite simply an amazing pianist” returns with a powerhouse program that celebrates the Schumann Bicentennial with that composer’s remarkably biographical Carnaval, Subtitled “Delicate scenes upon four notes,” the collection is populated with portrayals ranging from stock Commedia dell’Arte characters to Schumann’s fellow composers and the women in his life. Feltsman also offers an authentically Russian interpretation of Mussorgsky’s only major work for piano, Pictures at an Exhibition, heard most often in an orchestra transcription (and performed on July 8 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Schumann: Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18
Carnaval, Op. 9
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition