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Kirill Gerstein © Andrea Humer

Klavierabend Kirill Gerstein

Saturday 24 February 2024
19:30 – ca. 21:15



Kirill Gerstein, Klavier


Frédéric Chopin

Polonaise-Fantaisie As-Dur op. 61 (1845–1846)

Gabriel Fauré

Nocturne Nr. 13 h-moll op. 119 (1921)

Francis Poulenc

Intermezzo C-Dur S 71/1

Intermezzo Des-Dur S 71/2 (1934)

Intermezzo As-Dur S 118 (1943)

Franz Liszt

Polonaise E-Dur S 223/2 (1851)


Frédéric Chopin

Fantasie f-moll op. 49 (1841)

Robert Schumann

Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Fünf Fantasiebilder für Klavier op. 26 (1839–1840)

Fritz Kreisler

Liebesleid (Bearbeitung für Klavier: Sergej Rachmaninoff) (1910/1921)

Frédéric Chopin

Grande Valse brillante As-Dur op. 42 (1840)




2. Tanz: Unabi und 4. Tanz: Schuschiki (Sechs Armenische Tänze für Klavier) (1902–1906/1925)

Subscription series Klavier im Mozart-Saal


Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

Fantastic piano music for fantastic pianists

Kirill Gerstein presents music written for a first-class chamber music hall: with Schumann's »Faschingsschwank aus Wien«, the pianist, who is internationally renowned for his elegant and nuanced interpretations, takes us back to the late 1830s, when the composer was trying to put down roots in the metropolis. The musical life inspired Schumann: »Vienna also has an abundance of resources like no other city.« However, Schumann soon had to realize that his plan to settle down here as editor of his Neue Zeitschrift für Musik had no chance of being realized. Against this backdrop, the »Faschingsschwank aus Wien« appears more as a reflection of Viennese society at the time than as a participation in a lively hustle and bustle. His contemporary Franz Liszt, for example, who was regarded as a true piano phenomenon, was much more successful in Vienna. Kirill Gerstein places Frédéric Chopin alongside these two Romantic »wonders«, who knew better than almost anyone how to make the piano sing in his music. Three intermezzi by Francis Poulenc ensure that the thread continues into the 20th century.

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