29 mai 2023, 18:30 – 20:00 | Festival : Sonates de Dussek, Adam & Beethoven, piano carré Erard 1806

Dussek : Sonate op.35n n°2, La Mort de Marie Antoinette op.23, Elégie Harmonique sur la mort de son Altesse Royal le Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse, Louis Adam : Pastorale & Beethoven : Sonate op.53 « Waldstein »

Olga Pashchenko, piano square Erard 1806


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Time and place

May 29, 2023, 18:30 - 20:00
Rueil-Malmaison, 33 Av. de l’Impératrice Joséphine, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France

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About the event


Jan Ladislav Dussek :
Sonata op.35n n°2,
The Death of Marie Antoinette op.23,
Harmonic Elegy on the death of his Royal Highness Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia,

Louis Adam : Pastoral
Beethoven : Sonate op.53 « Waldstein »


In 1786, 26-year-old composer and pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek arrived in Paris, where he became a favorite of Marie Antoinette, for whom Sebastien Erard made a square pianoforte in 1787. Dussek left France shortly before the start of the Revolution, but having received the news of Marie Antoinette's execution in 1793, he almost immediately wrote "La Mort de Marie Antoinette ou Les souffrances de la reine de France" and had it published in a very short time. It is certain that the musical experience the composer gained in France influenced his future compositions, we can hear the different colors in his later pieces - like the tribute to his other patron - "Elégie Harmonique sur la mort de son Altesse Royale le Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse" op.61 written in 1806.
At that time, two other composers (among others) were also enchanted by the sounds of an Erard fortepiano - Louis Adam, who wrote an extensive piano method for the Paris Conservatoire, and Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 33, who was given an Erard concert grand in 1803, on which one of his most famous sonatas - the "Waldstein" op.53 - was born.
The richness of tones and colors can be appreciated in Louis Adam's Pastorale and in Beethoven's* work.
Olga Pashchenko

*These relations between the works of Louis Adam and the genesis of Waldstein's sonata op.53 have been studied and published by Tom Beghin on the occasion of a book-disc published in 2020 by Evil Penguin " Beethoven and his french piano ".

Olga Pashchenko - Organ |Harpsichord |(Forte )Piano
From Bach and Beethoven on historical instruments to Ligeti on contemporary piano, Olga has a very active and eclectic career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is a regular guest at early and contemporary music festivals, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier; the Musiq'3 Festival in Brussels, the Amsterdam fortepiano festivals, the Maggio Musicale in Florence; the Milan and Padua fortepiano series; AMUZ Antwerpen; Concertgebouw Bruges, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. As a concerto soloist, Olga has performed with the 18th Century Orchestra; music Aeterna with Teodor Currentzis; the Meininger Hofkapelle; the Amsterdam Sinfonietta with Alexei Lubimov; the Collegium 1704 under Vaclav Luks at the Warsaw Chopin Festival and with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra at the RSO Festival Helsinki. His chamber music partners are Alexander Melnikov, Evgeny Sviridov, Dmitry Sinkovsky and Erik Bosgraaf.