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Thomas Adès & Kirill Gerstein - Recital

Saturday, 29. February 2020, 7.00 pm
Munich, Technikum at the Werksviertel-Mitte


Claude Debussy
"En blanc et noir"

Thomas Adès
"Powder her face" - Suite

Maurice Ravel
La valse

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Thomas Adès, Piano

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Plakat Ades Gerstein 19/20

Thomas Adès is a composer, conductor – and pianist. He will demonstrate his prowess in a recital for piano duo with Kirill Gerstein. Rather than the 88 black-and-white keys of the piano, Claude Debussy’s En blanc et noir draws on etchings by Goya, whose Desastres de la guerra inspired him to depict the horrors of World War I in his piano cycle of 1915. Maurice Ravel’s La Valse, premièred  in 1920, is likewise laid out as a frenzy of destruction. Also featured is Adès’s Concert Paraphrase on “Powder Her Face”, the composer’s own piano arrangement of four scenes from his like-named chamber opera.

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