Monday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m., we’re excited to present Korean pianist Minsoo Sohn, for our 2018 season finale. We’re welcoming him back to our stage after too long an absence since his 2013 Victoria debut. Much as he loved us and Victoria, he simply had too many engagements too far afield to return before now!
In preparation for 2020, when he will mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by performing and recording the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Minsoo has devoted Monday’s program to works by that revolutionary composer.
Andante Favori, WoO 57
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, op. 53, “Waldstein”
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat Major, op. 26, “Funeral March”
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, op. 57, “Appassionata”
We found a lovely Soundcloud file of Minsoo playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations on his website. It includes the aria and first 2 variations, as well as Liszt’s etude #5 (La Chasse) of the Paganini Etudesand Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s famous Adelaide lied. You can click here to hear him begin with that lovely opening aria of the Goldbergs.
You can also see a Youtube video of Minsoo playing Liszt’s Paganini Etudes on his website, but we thought you might like to sample one right here!
Victoria Summer Music Festival proudly introduces the award-winning Tesla Quartet to Victoria this coming Wednesday, August 8 as they open the second half of our 2018 concert season.The Tesla Quartet came to the festival’s notice through its outstanding showing at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and has since won many accolades and comes to our stage fresh from winning the prestigious John Lad prize, and will soon be releasing its first CD on Orchid Classics.
Want to know more about these talented young musicians?