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From the Dark toward the Light

From the Dark toward the Light

Double Recital
2017 November 14, Tuesday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
DANIEL CIOBANU (piano), the winner of UNISA International Piano Competition 2016 in Pretoria
KOTARO FUKUMA (piano), the winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2003

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 17 in D minor Tempest, Op. 31 No. 2
FERENC LISZT – Vallée d’Obermann from the cycle Années de pèlerinage. Première Année: Suisse, S. 160
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN – Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 

KOTARO FUKUMA (piano, Japan) 


MAURICE RAVEL – Une barque sur l’océan from the cycle Miroirs
MODEST MUSSORGSKY – Suite Pictures at an Exhibition (Картинки с выставки – Воспоминание о Викторе Гартмане) 

DANIEL CIOBANU (piano, Romania)

The festival’s concert introduces Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma, the winner of Cleveland International Piano Competition 2003, and Romanian virtuoso Daniel Ciobanu, the winner of the UNISA International Piano Competition 2016 in Pretoria and second prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition 2017 in

Tel Aviv. The performers offer a programme, which they chose to describe From the Dark toward the Light. They see it as a musical path starting with Beethoven’s piano Sonata Tempest written in 1802, a document from a sad phase in the Viennese classicist’s life, and proceeding toward joyous tolling of bells in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Kotaro Fukuma’s programme revisits his CD. According to the pianist, the musical transformation “from the dark toward the light” starts with Beethoven’s Sonata Tempest. The composer wrote it in 1802 after completing his famous Heiligenstadt Testament (a letter to his brothers Carl and Johann). It reflects his despair over his increasing deafness and disagreement between him and his nephew Karl. This mental state of the doomed wanderer becomes evident in the third movement of the sonata. Liszt’s Vallée d’Obermann follows a lonely artist on his woeful wandering, however the last chords promise reconciliation and transfiguration. The third selection, Scriabin’s Fifth Sonata, could be called the apotheosis of light and joy. The composer included an epigraph to this Sonata (excerpt from his essay The Poem of Ecstasy / Le Poème de l'Extase), which reflects on his the then notion: 

I call you to life, oh mysterious forces!
Drowned in the obscure depths
Of the creative spirit, timid
Shadows of life, to you I bring audacity!         

The axis of Daniel Ciobanu’s programme is a perpetum mobile, an image of a journey. The theme of wandering is symbolised by a boat in the ocean depicted in impressionist strokes by Ravel in his exceptionally beautiful piece from the cycle Miroirs. With gradual merging of the Promenade motive from Mussorgsky’s suite, the boat unhurriedly carries the listeners on Dnieper River toward Kiev’s Bogatyr Gates.

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