Pianist Sarah Grunstein returns to the Sydney Opera House for two recitals. Her two different 2019 recital programs include works by Beethoven as a prelude to his 250th birthday celebration, as well music by Chopin, Schumann, and Debussy.
The first concert on October 3 presents a canvas of contrast and textured landscapes with Beethoven’s Pastorale Sonata, Op. 28, Chopin’s Funeral March Sonata, Op. 35, and Schumann’s impassioned and deeply personal Carnaval, Op. 9. Grunstein remarks, “We journey through the pastoral nature of Beethoven’s Op. 28, then — in Chopin’s 2nd Sonata — through Chopin’s structure of drama and evocation of death. Finally, with Schumann, we find ourselves amidst the parade, characters, and dances at the masked ball depicted in his Carnaval.”
In the second concert, Sarah Grunstein performs Debussy’s Impressionist Estampes, Beethoven’s heroic Waldstein Sonata (Op. 53), and a selection of Chopin’s mazurkas and nocturnes, his Berceuse, and his passionate first Ballade in G minor, (Op. 23).
As a young teenager, Sarah Grunstein was the pianist who performed the soundtrack for Bruce Beresford’s early Australian film, “The Getting of Wisdom.” Soon after, Sarah Grunstein moved to New York, graduating from The Juilliard School, where she was later appointed as a Teaching Fellow and earned her doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her career has included concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the U.K., New Zealand, and her homeland.
Thursday 3 October: Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 28 (Pastorale)/ Chopin: Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)/ Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
Sunday 3 November: Debussy: Estampes/ Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)/ Chopin: Selection of Nocturnes and Mazurkas
Chopin: Berceuse in D-flat major, Op. 57/ Chopin: Ballade no. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
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