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Program Five • Rachmaninoff’s Russian Contemporaries

August 7, 2022

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Rachmaninoff considered Medtner “the greatest composer of our time,” and the latter’s little-known Piano Quintet features in Program Five, “Rachmaninoff’s Russian Contemporaries.”

A collection of piano, vocal and chamber music from the early 1900s, this program also presents Rachmaninoff’s superlative Cello Sonata and selections from his Thirteen Preludes and Études-tableaux; further piano selections by his brilliant friend and classmate Scriabin, their mutual friend Felix Blumenfeld and the short-lived Vasily Kalinnikov; and works by two Russians better known for their subsequent innovations: Stravinsky, represented by his settings of Two Poems of Paul Verlaine, and Prokofiev, whose single-movement Third Piano Sonata is perhaps the most carefully crafted of his early contributions to the genre.

1 pm Preconcert Talk
1:30 pm Performance: 
Fei-Fei, Anna Polonsky, Brian Zeger, and Artem Yasynskyy, piano; Gabriel Martins, cello; Viano String Quartet

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
From Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 (1910); from Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 (1911);
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 (1901)    

Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951)
Piano Quintet in C Major, Op. posth. (1949)

Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
From Five Preludes, Op. 16 (1895)

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Two Poems of Paul Verlaine (1909)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op 28 (1907, rev. 1917)


The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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