An evening with Jonathan Powell & Nadja Korovina

This concert promises to be exceptional on many levels. Jonathan Powell's status as an ardent ambassador for 20th- and 21st-century music borders on the legendary. He has carefully selected out of his titanesque repertoire gems from composers we rarely get the chance to hear in Europe, which showcases the vitality of the Ukrainian school. In the second half, we will have the privilege of listening to a whole cycle of Rachmaninoff songs, where Powell will accompany Nadja Korovina, a familiar figure of the Berlin Staatsoper, in preparation of a recording for the Naxos label. 


Join us on Sunday 29 May, from 7.30pm, Clare Hall Dining Room.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite now, and there will be tickets available on the door.


Programme

Valentyn Silvestrov - Quiet Songs (excerpts)
Mykola Lysenko - Kolyskova Pisnya (Berceuse), op.33
Felix Blumenfeld - Patetico, op.37 no.2
Borys Lyatoshynsky - Three movements from Vidobrazhennya (Reflections), op.16
Konstantin Eiges - Skazka op.12 no.2
Samuil Feinberg - Berceuse, op.19a
Levko Revutsky - Prelude, op.4 no.1
Nikolay Roslavets - Three compositions (1914)
Viktor Kosenko - Two Poem-Legends, op.12 (1921)
Sergei Rachmaninoff - 14 Songs op.34


About the musicians

Jonathan Powell is active as a pianist, composer and researcher. An advocate of music from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially from Central/Eastern Europe, he is also a proponent of contemporary music, while his programmes frequently feature much standard repertoire. During 2013 he toured Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus and Albeniz’ Iberia, while 2015 featured numerous performances of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata and Reger’s Bach Variations. Recent activities include a tour of the complete piano works of Xenakis and, in 2017, Liszt’s Sonata, and Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke. In 2018 he gave six performances of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. Solo recitals have taken him to the Festival Radio France Montpellier, the sold-out Kammersaal of the Elbphilharmonie, the Raritäten der Klaviermusik am Schloss vor Husum, Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Utrecht, across the US, Musica Sacra in Maastricht, and the Fundación BBVA series in Bilbao. In recent years, he has broadcast for Radio France, Radio Netherlands, Radio Deutschland Kultur, the BBC and Czech Radio. His recording of Sorabji’s Sequentia cyclia over seven discs, on Piano Classics was received rapturously by critics and was awarded the German Critics’ Disc Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplatenkritiken); he was invited by pianist Igor Levit to perform the work at the 2022 Heidelberger Frühling. Recent CD releases include the première recording of Hans Winterberg’s 1st Piano Concerto, with the Berlin Radio SO under Johannes Kalitzke, for Capriccio. In July 2022 he will record Xaver Scharwenka’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Poznań Philharmonic with conductor Łukasz Borowicz; the autumn of that year will be devoted mostly to a wide-ranging tour of Europe playing Scriabin’s 10 sonatas.

Nadja Korovina was born in Kursk and studied voice and choral conducting at the Sviridov academy. Following her move to Germany, she pursued her operatic studies at Berlin‘s Hanns Eisler music academy, working with Professor Thomas Quasthof. She was immediately engaged at the Berlin State Opera and thereafter at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she sang mainly dramatic Verdi roles. Nadja has been active as a concert artist, appearing in the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bayreuth Theatre and Kloster Neuburg Vienna. Currently, she is a preparing a CD with Jonathan Powell of Rachmaninoff‘s seldom-heard song cycle, op 34.


Ahead of the evening

  • Please direct any queries about this concert to Rashel Pakbaz via music@clarehall.cam.ac.uk
  • Accessibility details: full step-free access, accessible toilet, lift.
  • Find directions on how to get to Clare Hall and contact details here.

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