PROGRAM 3: ‘SEE ME AS I AM’ with guest artist, pianist daniel de borah
“But I’m glad you’ll see me as I am. Above all, I wouldn’t want people to think that I want to prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything, I just want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
The final program of the 2017 Series reflects on the intimacy of music, the heartfelt origins of compositions conceived deep within the composer’s soul but destined for greatness. Opening the program, Beethoven’s Opus 95 Quartet ‘Serioso’ was the only quartet named by the composer himself and as the title suggests, the compact work is imbued throughout with gravitas and tension. Never intended by Beethoven to be performed in public, the piece is intensely personal, tightly coiled and breathless until the coda of the final movement which heralds a sparkling, almost nonchalant conclusion to a troubled musical journey.
Acclaimed pianist, Daniel de Borah joins Tinalley for Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, written at the request of the Beethoven Quartet who commissioned the work so that Shostakovich could play with them. Shostakovich, a fine pianist, produced an extraordinary work that has become one of the most famed chamber works of the 20th century. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s beloved 1st String Quartet, a fitting close to a Series inspired by the words of Tolstoy – the celebrated writer was reportedly moved to tears upon hearing the exquisite Andante Cantabile movement for the first time.
“The soloist and soul of Chopin, Daniel de Borah played with empathy and stylistic understanding, within a warm and seductive captivating tone. He is without doubt one of the finest pianists in the country.” Canberra Times