After our most recent event on April 22d featuring a brilliant and enthusiastically received performance by The Ulysses Quartet, there is no better way to conclude our Spring in Cohen Hall than with Eugene Albulescu’s final performance in his series of three concerts devoted to “The Romantic Piano.” Mr. Albulescu will perform two monumental masterpieces for solo piano: Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” and Modest Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
The program gives to our audience the vast acoustical and artistic range of the solo piano as it is employed by two great Romantic composers. Both works, separated in date of composition by about fifty years, incorporate pictorial effects. Schumann referred to his own masterpiece as “my masked ball” in which the separate movements hint at portrayals of his friends, colleagues and literary characters. Mussorgsky's equally famous composition uses the art of music to draw on visual images created by an artist friend of the composer. Both composers succeeded in creating radically new music which places supreme demands that can be satisfied only by the greatest virtuosos.
Since Mr. Albulescu’s blistering performance of the Liszt B Minor Sonata opened his series some months ago, he has demonstrated the kind of pianism and artistic power that only a very few pianists achieve. His final concert will consummate what has become one of the region’s most wonderful explorations in musical art that any of us have ever heard. We look forward to seeing all of you on May 14th!
Donald Dal Maso for L’ARCHET