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Music of the Future

By Olga Pashchenko

Olga Pashchenko thinks outside the box. Transcending the either/or, and opting instead for both/and, this Russian master of keys plays both old and new music, both harpsichord and fortepiano, modern piano as well as organ. For this afternoon we’ve brought out a grand piano and a fortepiano, and Pashchenko is bringing Beethoven and Silvestrov. 

Beethoven explored the boundaries of the fortepiano, writing music that seems to have come from the future – the modern grand piano did not yet exist. In his brilliant Bagatelles and his last piano sonata, op. 111, you can hear that he’s outgrown his time and the instrument available to him.

The large hall of the Vereeniging will also be filled with very different Bagatelles, namely those composed by Valentin Silvestrov, perhaps Ukraine’s most famous contemporary composer. Last year, the octogenarian had to flee from his hometown of Kiev. Since the war started in 2022, his work is played even more frequently – and it sounds more meaningful than ever. 


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Ludwig van Beethoven – Bagatelles op.126
Valentin Silvestrov – Bagatelles
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata Nr. 32 in C-minor, op. 111


Olga Pashchenko, piano en fortepiano

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