Patricia Verhagen knows how to fascinate even the most spoiled audience. Apart from musical perfection her solo performances usually obtain an extra dimension by an intelligent thematically approach and the use of visual media.
– Traditional, but not old-fashioned: an omnifarious program with compositions of Haydn and Mozart, Chopin and Schumann-Wieck, Granados and Turina.
– French program “L’ eau et vent” with compositions of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré performed on a modern grand piano or an Erard or Pleyel from the same period, elucidated with images of impressionistic paintings if desired.
– Waltz and Tango: forbidden dances!
This program depicts the development of the waltz and tango in the piano music. People were reviled when these dances were played and danced for the first time: much too vulgar. Meanwhile both dances cannot be discarded anymore, neither from a musical perspective nor from the dance world. The history of the waltz is sketched and demonstrated by the mark various composers have left upon this form of music based on their own culture and sound image. Waltzes of Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Glinka, Grovlez, Turina, Gershwin, and the Curacao composers Palm and Capriles are performed. After the break the tango is highlighted: from the originally Argentinian tango to the tango nuevo of Piazolla. A Tango Milonga and a Habanera illustrate the rithmic origins of the tango. Furthermore tango’s of the Brasilian composer Nazareth will be played, in which Portuguese influences can be detected, of the Spanish composers Albeniz and Turina and of the American composer Carpenter.
– About Bréville.
Pierre Onfroy de Bréville (1861-1949) a composer fallen into oblivion, has written beautiful music in which the influence of his teacher César Franck but also of his contemporary Claude Debussy can be noted. Later on he went his own way which resulted in versatile, lyrical compositons for piano, viola-piano and cello-piano sonatas. In this program the piano-solo sonata, the sonata for cello and piano and 7 sketches for piano solo are performed. With the possibility of performing this program on an Erard, a French grand piano from around 1900, an authentic musical ambiance is created bringing the audience back to the time of Bréville.