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Marietta Petkova

Master pianist plays Beethoven, Debussy & Rachmaninov
Small Hall on Sunday
Sun 24 Mar ’24 12:00 uur

Debussy - Children's corner 
Beethoven - Sonata in f, opus 2 nr. 1 
Rachmaninov - selection from Préludes or Études tableaux, t.b.a.

Sun 24 Mar ’24
12:00 uur
  • Sun 24 Mar ’24
    12:00 uur
    Small Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

'It is still possible, to be completely upset by a CD.' Wrote music magazine Luister about Marietta Petkova's recording of Rachmaninov's preludes. 'Under the hands of the Bulgarian-Dutch pianist, they each grow into testimonies of an eventful life, into deep glimpses into the creator's soul.' The disc was honoured with a 10. It suited the pianist, who had already surprised audiences in the year 2000 with a memorable Rachmaninov recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam: 'Grandiose Petkova,' wrote the Telegraaf, and NRC Handelsblad: 'Pianist Petkova: ideal Rachmaninov.'

Not only the great Russian on the lectern today, but also 'lighter' fare. Did you know that Debussy was a humourist? Very delicate and subtle he is in Children's Corner, dedicated to his 3-year-old daughter: 'For my dear little Chouchou, with tender apologies from her father for what follows.' The amusing 'Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum' he advised pianists to play 'in the early morning', when they were still fresh enough to perform this little witch's tour. Still quite light, too, is the young Beethoven. The youngest Beethoven, you might say: opus 2 No 1 was his first piano sonata, written at 24. Tutor Haydn is clearly audible, but a few 'rougher' moments already reveal that a new genius has truly emerged here.