Beloved as an installation and conceptual artist, Sonya Lifschitz shines in a stripped-back piano recital for Sydney Morning Masters.
Prepare to be blown away by her interpretation of the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No 2, a cherished work performed here in its left-hand arrangement by Brahms. It’s paired with selections from Brahms’ Six Pieces for Piano, intimate pieces that range from the pensive to the restless, serving as ideal showcases for Lifschitz’ sensitivity and dramatic attack.
Lifschitz will also play George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979, sure to be a great discovery for many audiences. Inspired by the Scrovegni Chapel frescoes, specifically their “childlike, nearly innocent style”, this “aural tableau” tells the story of the Nativity with great delicacy and colour.
The Suite is followed by Janáček’s Piano Sonata 1. X. 1905, a powerful two-movement work awash in melancholy.
SONYA LIFSCHITZ PIANO
We asked Sonya to write about her favourite albums, and she provided a list of recordings by musical giants, such as Richter, Gould, and Fleisher. Listen to Sonya's selections below and read her astute observations and recollections about just what makes these albums so brilliant.
BRAHMS Selections from Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118