George Li, piano Thursday, March 4, 2021
ABOUT THE PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: EROICA VARIATIONS, OP. 35 Thursday, March 4, 2021, 7pm PST
GEORGE LI, PIANO PROGRAM Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Eroica Variations, Op. 35 Introduction: Allegretto vivace Theme Variation 1 Variation 2 Variation 3 Variation 4 Variation 5 Variation 6 Variation 7 Variation 8 Variation 9 Variation 10 Variation 11 Variation 12 Variation 13 Variation 14 Variation 15 Finale alla Fuga
Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178
Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
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Beethoven wanted these variations to be called the Prometheus variations since he had already used their famous theme in his Creatures of Prometheus ballet music. He even offered to pay the publishers to include the reference to Prometheus on the title page. However immediately after composing these Op. 35 variations, Beethoven started working on the Eroica Symphony. The finale of this symphony consists of six variations on exactly the same theme. Once the Eroica Symphony had established its reputation, these piano variations became widely known as the Eroica Variations. The main point of similarity between the two sets of variations is that in both Beethoven begins radically to change the nature of the variation form. His earlier variations start with a theme, which is varied a number of times with the theme returning at the end. Here Beethoven abandons this circular structure. These variations are now journeys through many and varied musical landscapes. We never return to the beginning. By the end of the variations we are in an entirely new place. Certainly the theme is still present, but more as a reassuring friend as the music becomes wilder and more astonishing. The Op. 35 Variations are the longest and most substantial variations that Beethoven composed until he returned to the form in his later years. Written in the summer of 1802, they coincide with the great turmoil Beethoven experienced as he realised his deafness would only get worse. This provoked his astonishing determination to continue composing despite his deafness. His response was to compose, in addition to these Variations, a number of extraordinary orchestral works including the Second and Third Symphonies. The delightfully simple opening using only the theme’s bass line continues for three variations. Only then does the theme make a graceful entry with a full harmonic accompaniment. There are three repeated notes which appear
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both at the end of the first part of the tune and, more prominently, at the beginning of the second part. These three notes are part of the bass line that opens the work and are given due emphasis by Beethoven. Thereafter they make frequent appearances throughout the work. The journey begins, as most journeys do, in a mood of high spirits. The first few variations are brilliant and witty. By variation five which is played softly throughout, a more thoughtful mood has appeared. By variation eight with the left hand crossing over the right, we are in a new world of calm beauty. This does not last long and in variation thirteen an accidental in the treble sounds almost like a bird chirping. By variation fourteen which is in the minor key the whole structure of the work has begun to change. This austere variation has no repeats and leads into the Largo fifteenth variation where Beethoven’s improvisatory imagination takes over. This is by far the longest variation and the music is now open to almost any possibility. Finally the return of the theme signals the transition to the fugal finale.
After a lively journey the short fugue, derived from the bass line, concludes with three loud chords. The tempo slows as if to repeat the theme for one more time but in fact the music takes off for another variation. A series of magical trills gives the music an almost transcendental quality. The theme does appear once more in a light hearted vein and with successive compressions of its phrases, it brings this extraordinary work to a boisterous conclusion.
LISZT: PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR, S.178 “This is nothing but sheer racket...it’s really awful,” wrote pianist Clara Schumann on first hearing Liszt’s B minor Sonata, dedicated to her husband Robert. The pre-eminent Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick couldn’t have agreed more. Blending high dudgeon with feigned condolence, he scornfully sneered: “whoever has heard that, and finds it beautiful, is beyond 3
ABOUT THE PROGRAM help.” Suffice it to say, Liszt’s piano sonata was not welcomed into the canon with open arms, but something more akin to raised pitchforks. The problem may well have been that in writing this sonata, completed in 1853, Liszt was going “against brand.” Long known for his programmatic works—each with a story to tell, and thus a built-in framework for interpretation—Liszt had shocked many in the musical world by composing a piece of absolute music, a work based purely on the interplay of abstract musical ideas. His Sonata in B minor came across as an impenetrably dense musical hairball of intertwined motives, in a singlemovement format that seemed to combine the characteristics of both a sonata-form movement (exposition, development, recapitulation) and the four-movement layout of a complete sonata (sonata allegro, slow movement, scherzo, finale). In this he was undoubtedly influenced by Schubert, whose Wanderer Fantasy with a similar unified design he had recently arranged in a version for piano and orchestra. Binding Liszt’s sonata together is the process of thematic transformation, i.e., changing the character of musical themes while retaining their essential identity, their melodic outline. The multiple personalities of the idée fixe theme in Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is an early example, and Wagner’s use of leitmotif is a later development of the same technique. So to follow what Liszt is doing in this sonata, you need to follow the four major themes he is shape-shifting as it proceeds. The first three are spelled out on the first page of the score. The work opens with a pair of slow, descending scales of an exotic stamp. Then comes a forthright theme hammered out in double octaves beginning with a bold downward leap and ending with a diminished 7th arpeggio. Finally, the bass gruffly growls out a rascally little motive down low, rife with repeated notes. The transformations begin immediately as these three themes spawn passage after varied passage of keyboard textures, all motivically interlinked, until a solemn, chorale-like fourth theme of slowly rising melody notes arrives 4
over a pulsing carpet of sonorous chordal harmonies to complete the line-up. In the course of this sonata the list of “transformations” seems limitless. The gruff growling theme of repeated notes is transformed, among other things, into a dreamily delicious, Liebestraum-like lyrical melody in the “slow movement” section. The bold theme in double octaves is tamed and brought to heel as the subject of an extended fugato in the following “scherzo.” And the chorale-like theme abandons its dignified “churchy” solemnity and acquires major rhetorical muscle, elbowing its way into your eardrums as an important protagonist in the piece. Meanwhile, the slow descending scales that opened the work recur as boundary markers delineating major sectional divisions. Liszt’s B minor Sonata is now recognized as one of the most important keyboard compositions of the 19th century, and the very complexity of its structuring—the quality that caused so much antipathy at its first publication—is now the chief reason it is so widely admired.
ABOUT THE ARTIST GEORGE LI, PIANO Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, poised authority and brilliant virtuosity far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as Dudamel, Gaffigan, Gergiev, Gimeno, Honeck, Orozco-Estrada, Petrenko, Robertson, Slatkin, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas, Long Yu, and Xian Zhang. Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with the Los Angeles, New York, London, Rotterdam, Oslo, and St. Petersburg Philharmonics; the San Francisco, Tokyo, Frankfurt Radio, Sydney, and Montreal Symphonies; as well as the Philharmonia, DSO Berlin, and Orchestra National de Lyon. In the 2019–20 season, Mr. Li performed with the Baltimore, Fort Worth, and New Jersey symphony orchestras, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra. His eight-concert tour of Germany with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra included performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Philharmonie am Gasteig Munich, and the Stuttgart Liederhalle. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival, and in various venues throughout Russia.
An active chamber musician, Li has performed alongside Benjamin Beilman, Noah BendixBalgley, James Ehnes, Daniel Hope, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Kian Soltani. Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album released in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky. His second recording for the label features Liszt solo works and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, which was recorded live with Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic, and was released in October 2019. Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten, and in 2011 performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among Li’s many prizes, he was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory, continuing to work with Wha Kyung Byun. When not playing piano, George is an avid reader and photographer, as well as a sports fanatic. www.georgelipianist.com
In recital, Li performs at venues including Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Elbphilharmonie, Munich’s Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo’s Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Poly Theater, and Amici della Musica Firenze, as well as appearances at major festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Montreux Festival.
*PLEASE NOTE: All 2021 concerts will have virtual viewing options. In-person opportunities will be announced on a concert by concert basis.
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA AT 100: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6pm PST Virtual Concert JACOBSEN: Three Miniatures for String Quartet SHAW: Schisma FRANK: Kanto Kechua #2 ESMAIL: Zeher (Poison) RAVEL: String Quartet in F major
Philippe Quint, violin Additional artists to be announced Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 8pm PST Part of the Eclectic Orange Series sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek Co-presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre Concert sponsored by Steven M. Sorenson MD Additional support provided by the Ibex Foundation
YEFIM BRONFMAN, PIANO
Multi-Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint celebrates the centennial of tango legend Astor Piazzolla in a performance of music and dance.
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 DEBUSSY: Suite bergamasque BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
ALISA WEILERSTEIN, CELLO AND INON BARNATAN, PIANO
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 3pm PST Virtual Concert
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall* Select Beethoven Cello Sonatas
UPCOMING EVENTS BRENTANO QUARTET
Friday, April 9, 2021, 8pm PST Venue TBD* HAYDN: String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Op. 17 BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102 BRAHMS: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51
PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, VIOLIN WITH AMANDA FORSYTH, CELLO AND SHAI WOSNER, PIANO
MAY 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival COUNTERPOINT Festival Artistic Director: Conrad Tao, piano Caleb Teicher, dancer Friday, May 14, 2021 Locations in Laguna Beach*
Duo program with music by Bach, Gershwin, etc.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall*
BEETHOVEN: Variations on ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’, Op 121a (“Kakadu Variations”) MOZART: Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 FAURÉ: Élégie, Op. 24 BRAHMS: Scherzo in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata (“Sonatensatz”) BRAHMS: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87
JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, PIANO
2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival ITS BRILLIANCE ALMOST FRIGHTENED ME Festival Artistic Director: Conrad Tao, piano Saturday, May 15, 2021 Locations in Laguna Beach*
Laurence CRANE: Prelude No. 1 BERG: “Traumgekrönt” from Seven Early Songs SCHUBERT: “Gretchen am spinnrade” (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel) Eric WUBBELS: gretchen am spinnrade Ruth Crawford SEEGER: String Quartet BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall* DEBUSSY: Préludes Books 1 and 2
2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival CHANGE THIS THREAD ON WHICH WE MOVE Festival Artistic Director: Conrad Tao, piano Sunday, May 16, 2021 Locations in Laguna Beach*
Caroline SHAW: Entr’acte (Westerlies arrangement) DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in G minor GESUALDO: selected Madrigals Other works to be announced.
UPCOMING EVENTS DANISH STRING QUARTET
Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet makes its second appearance in the 2020-21 season with a performance showcasing its players’ masterful technique and heartfelt expressivity. Program to be announced.
AUGUSTIN HADELICH, VIOLIN AND ORION WEISS, PIANO
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 3pm PST Samueli Theater*
SERGIO ASSAD, CLARICE ASSAD, AND THIRD COAST PERCUSSION
Sergio Assad, guitar Clarice Assad, piano/voice Third Coast Percussion Friday, May 28, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall* In an exploration of global music traditions, legendary guitarist Sergio Assad, along with Clarice Assad’s spellbinding vocals and the rhythms of Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion, will take audiences on a vast musical journey grounded in familiar stories.
Monday, June 14, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall* BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 DEBUSSY: Sonata in G minor, L. 140 COLL: Hyperlude No. 5 for Solo Violin YSAŸE: Sonata No. 6 in E major for Solo Violin BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 DEBUSSY: L’isle joyeuse, L. 106 ADAMS: Road Movies
RENÉE FLEMING, SOPRANO
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 8pm PST Renée and Henry Segerstrom oncert Hall* In a rescheduled performance from the previous season, four-time Grammy winner and legendary soprano Renée Fleming appears in a program of beloved songs and arias.
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ORANGE COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY Johannes Müller Stosch Music Director & Conductor Cathy Olinger General Manager & OCYSE Conductor Danielle Culhane Operations & Personnel Manager
Sarah Little Vice President of Education & Community Engagement Heather Cromleigh Director of Volunteer & Education Services / Board Liaison
Moni Simeonov Coordinator of Strings Mathieu Girardet Coordinator of Winds Tristan Chilvers Assistant Manager & Librarian
THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY ABOUT US Founded in 1954 as Orange County’s first music organization, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents national and international performances of the highest quality and provides dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages to enhance the lives of Orange County audiences through music. For more than 65 years the Philharmonic Society has evolved and grown with the county’s changing landscape, presenting artists and orchestras who set the standard for artistic achievement from Itzhak Perlman, Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming to the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In addition, the Philharmonic Society celebrates multi-disciplinary performances under its Eclectic Orange brand and embraces music from a wide range of countries with its World Music performances. Its celebrated family concerts introduce children to classical music with creative and inspiring performances, instilling music appreciation for future generations.
The Philharmonic Society’s nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs, offered free of charge, engage more than 100,000 students annually through curriculum-based music education programs that aim to inspire, expand imaginations, and encourage learning at all levels. These programs are made possible by the Committees of the Philharmonic Society comprised of 700 volunteer members who provide more than 90,000 hours of in-kind service each year.
As a key youth program, the exceptional Orange County Youth Symphony and String Ensemble provide top-tier training to the area’s most talented young musicians through multi-level ensemble instruction, leadership training, touring opportunities, challenging professional repertoire, and performances in world-class venues. The Philharmonic Society also promotes life-long learning by connecting with colleges and universities to conduct masterclasses and workshops and providing pre-concert lectures to introduce audiences to program selections.
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