Nikolai Demidenko



Each time Nikolai Demidenko has performed at Melbourne Recital Centre he has presented a different facet of his artistry.

First, mighty Russian warhorses, then the crystalline filigree of Chopin and in 2017 he contrasts the sparking gems of Scarlatti with the mysterious depths of Schubert.

It’s a measure of Demidenko’s versatility that he can move effortlessly from Baroque Spain to Romantic Vienna over the course of a single evening, taking us from the birth of the piano sonata to its powerful maturity. Schubert’s late sonatas are some of his most confessional and tragic utterances. Almost painfully intimate, they are conversations between composer and performer, and we’re merely eavesdropping. At the heart of the turbulent C-minor Sonata is an adagio of profound tenderness, illuminated by what Gramophone Magazine calls Demidenko’s “impeccable balance of strength and gentleness”.

Scarlatti bequeathed pianists hundreds of exquisite miniature showpieces in his sonatas, a true embarrassment of riches. Some are exercises in pure jeu d’esprit: sunny evocations of the guitars of his adopted home, Spain, or dazzling chases across the keyboard. Others plumb emotions that few Baroque works can match, all the more poignant and intense for their brevity. All call for the kind of discreet virtuosity that Nikolai Demidenko has perfected.

Marshall McGuire, Director of Artistic Planning on Nikolai Demidenko:

Nikolai Demidenko is a musician who continues to astonish each time he appears on stage. His programs, carefully selected and often offering a delight of contrasts, always seek to display not only the wealth of repertoire available to pianists today, but also to make connections, linking composers and styles and periods with an unerring sense of insight and integrity. This program of Scarlatti and Schubert, in the hands of our well-loved colleague, offers a new fresh program for our Great Performers series in 2017.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Scarlatti and Schubert

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas for Keyboard – Selection

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in A-flat, Op.90, No.4, D. 899
Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D. 958


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