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Mon. 4 June 2018, 8 pm

Mendelssohn Saal

Olga Scheps

Bayer piano cycle

Olga Scheps, piano

Frédéric Chopin
Fantaisie in F minor, op. 49 | Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, op. 27 No. 2

Erik Satie
Gymnopédies | Sarabande No. 3 in B-flat minor

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonatas No. 2 in D minor and No. 7 in B flat major, op. 83

Sergej Prokofjew

When Olga Scheps dedicated her debut CD exclusively to Frédéric Chopin a few years ago, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung immediately declared her to be the “new star in the Chopin night sky”. Once the album appeared, a critic in the Kölnische Rundschau wrote, “Technically virtuoso brilliance, profound expressiveness, as well as power and passion form a very special symbiosis.” It is therefore only to be expected that Olga Scheps’ concert for Bayer Kultur begins with none other than Chopin. However, the Russian-born pianist also pays homage to her compatriot, Sergei Prokofiev with two piano sonatas. With the 7th piano sonata, in particular, she has frequently provoked amazement and storms of rapture. With a “mix of jazz-like and Eastern European heated dance rhythms”, she had “ignited the keys,” one reviewer wrote. “This demanding work is a poignant description of war and a remembrance of better times gone by.” Olga Scheps dedicated her latest, highly praised CD to Erik Satie. This highly idiosyncratic composer, who earnt a living as a bar pianist in Paris when he was young, is at the heart of the programme for Bayer Kultur. He broke away from the music of the time which he regarded as pompous with youthful zest, composing his Gymnopédies, still frequently used as film music today, and the equally unusual Sarabandes. In doing so, he demonstrated his lifelong stylistic principles of simplicity and clarity.

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