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Romanticism sounds in musical notes

December is the month to stress a little less, to spend a little more and to venture out to more events than you are used to. If you choose to add more music into your December entertainment mix, then these concerts in Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos will help the remainder of 2017 be that much fuller.

We start off in Limassol tonight at the Cyprus Wine Museum where Nicolas Leydenbach will perform the Franz Schubert’s Complete Impromptus for piano at 8pm. The concert, which will be repeated in Nicosia on Friday, is part of the Commandaria Orchestra and Friends Chamber Music Concert Series.

Leydenbach is a French-Luxembourgish pianist. He studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris where, in 1999 he was awarded third prize in the Final Competition for the Diplome d’Execution. In 2000 he was awarded first prize for the Diplome Superieur d’Enseignement, with the jury’s unanimous vote.

Influenced by the pianistic techniques and the original cantabili of Horowitz and Cziffra, Leydenbach is an authentic piano virtuoso. During the last couple of years, he has focused on chamber music, appearing in France (Brahms and Mendelssohn Trios, Brahms and Dohnanyi Quintets) and recently in Italy and Germany in a two-piano formation (Grieg and 2nd Rachmaninov concertos as accompanist, and Chopin 2nd and Scharwenka as soloist). He is currently in Cyprus preparing two new programmes of romantic music, for four hands and two pianos, in collaboration with Cypriot pianist Annini Tsiouti.

Schubert wrote his eight Impromptus in 1827, one year before his death. Although composed for the then burgeoning amateur market, quite a few of the pieces require a virtuoso technique if they are to be rendered correctly. The seemingly easier ones need a great level of control and subtleness of texture to reveal their true beauty, which lies in the lyricism of their melody and the surprise of the harmony. Leydenbach will offer music lovers in Limassol and Nicosia a rare chance to enjoy the complete collection of these charming salon pieces in a singular interpretation inspired by German romanticism combined with the bel canto pianistic technique of Vladimir Horowitz.

In Paphos the romanticism will come from concert Love Confession in Russian Romances on Friday when Russian songs from popular films will be performed.

Ekaterina Rodionova (vocals), Anna Senkova (vocals), Svetlana Korolko (violin) and Roman Shmatalyuk (piano) will join forces to interpret songs by a number of composers, including Andrey Petrov, Mikael Tariverdiev, Raimonds Pauls, Maksim Dunaevsky and others.

Rodionova is a graduate of the State Khabarovsk Regional College of Arts in pop and jazz vocals. She is a laureate of international competitions and festivals. She teaches vocals to students of theatrical universities and she also teaches vocals to adults and children at her own school.

Senkova received a musical education in Moscow. In 2015 she moved here, where she currently works as a vocalist. The singer regularly participates in international vocal competitions.

Korolko graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with honours. At the moment she is teaching at the Moscow Provincial College of Arts. She is a laureate of international competitions and she has taken part in concerts in Russia, the Netherlands, France and Lithuania.

Shmatalyuk graduated from the Far Eastern Academy of Arts in piano class, then trained at the Moscow Conservatory. For over ten years he has been working at a music school and he also cooperates with Rodionova and Korolko in the trio. This year he was awarded the title of the Best accompanist at the third Moscow Festival of Chamber Choirs.

Nicolas Leydenbach
Live performance of Franz Schubert’s Complete Impromptus for piano by the pianist. December 12. Cyprus Wine Museum, Erimi, Limassol. 8pm. € 10. Tel: 99-907636
December 15. Pankyprion Odeion, Engomi, Nicosia. 8pm. € 10. Tel: 99-907636

Love Confession in Russian Romances
Live performance of Russian songs. December 15. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8pm. € 10. Tel: 70-002420



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