Maria Raspopova at The Rose Room
Maria Raspopova performs two intimate concerts of solo piano favourites at Burradoo’s The Rose Room.
About The Music
In this concert, the first in a series of two, Maria takes the audience on a journey of vastly contrasting sound-worlds. Commencing with the charming and elegant French Suite IV in E flat major by Bach, our feet are firmly planted in the 18th century. In vast contrast, Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, a collection of whimsical musical vignettes are at once dissonant, pleasant, effervescent and bright, almost Debussy-like.
The program also includes the virtuosic and highly energetic Tarantella from Annees De Pelerinage II by Franz Liszt, Mendelssohn’s delicate and scurrying Rondo Capriccioso Op.14, alongside two of Chopin’s challenging and evocative Etudes, and his dramatic Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1.
In this, the second program in the series, Maria Raspopova displays her fine ability to play technically demanding works as well as draw out subtle shadings of colour from the piano. Maria’s playing has been praised for its “beautiful reading, finely crafted for maximum emotional impact,” and she has been hailed as “a pianist who could play anything”.
This finely balanced program of music includes Debussy’s deeply intimate and lyrical Claire De Lune and Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-tableaux Op. 33, No.8. The program also includes Chopin’s epic and dramatic Ballade in F minor, the virtuosic Etude de Paganini by Franz Liszt contrasted by Erik Satie’s delightful Trois Gymnopedies.