Sofya Gulyak in a piano recital from the Ulster Hall. Rachmaninov: Prelude, Op 3 No 2; Etude-tableau, Op 39 No 5: Variations on a theme of Corelli. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 6.
Summer Chamber Music in the Ulster Hall.
Sofya Gulyak, piano.
Rachmaninov: Prelude, Op.3 No.2; Etude-tableau, Op.39 No.5: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42.
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6.
A Russian multi-award winning pianist, Sofya Gulyak became the first female winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009. She begins today's all-Russian concert with three contrasting works by Rachmaninov - the popular Prelude Op.3 No.2, the demanding Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5 and the composer's last work for piano, the Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42.
Sofya concludes the programme with Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No.6, which many consider to be the jewel of the so-called "War Sonata" trilogy (Sonatas 6 to 8). It is large in scale, dramatic and deep in its expressive range.
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