Sergei Redkin

Sergei Redkin
Sergei Redkin (b. 1991), pianist – Third Prize (XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante and Variations in G major, Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F major – Guillaume Bellom & Ismaël Margain (Audio video)






















Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the first to compose pieces for piano four hands. His father, Leopold, wrote in a letter of 9 July 1765: "In London Wolfgangerl wrote his first piece for four hands. Until that time no sonata for four hands had ever been composed".

The famous Salzburg family portrait painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce in 1780-1781 (Mozarteum, Salzburg) shows Wolfgang and his sister, Nannerl, playing a duet at the piano, with Leopold, violin in hand, looking on, and his wife, Anna Maria (d. 1778), included in a picture on the wall.

The three works presented here were composed in Vienna in 1786 and 1787, when the young virtuoso was about to give up his career as a pianist in order to concentrate on the composition of operas, having been stimulated by his meeting with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In the summer of 1786 he composed what is probably the most ambitious and most significant of his four-hand pieces, the Sonata in F major (K.497). It was first performed in Vienna on 4 November 1786, four months before the Andante and Variations in G major (K.501). His last Sonata for piano four hands, in C major, K.521, was written in May 1787, when Mozart had reached his full maturity as a composer. It is characterised by the light key of C major and the virtuosity of its two fast movements (especially the first), bright and brilliant in their elegance.



Γεννημένοι και οι δύο το 1992, οι ταλαντούχοι και βραβευμένοι Γάλλοι πιανίστες Guillaume Bellom και Ismaël Margain ερμηνεύουν, με την απαιτούμενη μεταξύ τους οικειότητα, τρία από τα πιο διάσημα έργα για πιάνο για 4 χέρια του Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ, μεταδίδοντας με τον πιο άμεσο τρόπο στον ακροατή τη δική τους μουσική απόλαυση.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ Andante and Variations in G major, K.501 (1786)


♪ Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, K.521 (1787)

i. Allegro
ii. Andante
iii. Allegretto


♪ Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F major, K.497 (1786)

i. Adagio – Allegro di molto
ii. Andante
iii. Allegro

Guillaume Bellom & Ismaël Margain, piano

Bourges, Théâtre Saint-Bonnet, July 6-9, 2013

Aparté 2013

(HD 1080p – Audio video)























Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the first to compose pieces for piano four hands. His father, Leopold, wrote in a letter of 9 July 1765: "In London Wolfgangerl wrote his first piece for four hands. Until that time no sonata for four hands had ever been composed". The famous Salzburg family portrait painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce in 1780-1781 (Mozarteum, Salzburg) shows Wolfgang and his sister, Nannerl, playing a duet at the piano, with Leopold, violin in hand, looking on, and his wife, Anna Maria (d. 1778), included in a picture on the wall.

In his youth Mozart wrote several pieces for piano four hands but gave up the genre when he no longer had his sister at hand, only returning to it much later. Shortly after he moved to Vienna (1781), Artaria published a volume containing two Salzburg Sonatas (K.381 and K.358). The few pieces he wrote after that, for his own use or that of his pupils, were published straight away. His works for piano four hands comprise six sonatas, one of them unfinished, an Andante with Variations (K.501) and a Fugue (K.401), plus transcriptions and arrangements. The many reprints they had in Germany, France and England show the popularity of these works.

The three works presented here were composed in Vienna in 1786 and 1787, when the young virtuoso was about to give up his career as a pianist in order to concentrate on the composition of operas, having been stimulated by his meeting with the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In the summer of 1786 he composed what is probably the most ambitious and most significant of his four-hand pieces, the Sonata in F major (K.497). Written four months after Le Nozze di Figaro, it was first performed in Vienna on 4 November 1786, four months before the Andante and Variations in G major (K.501). His last Sonata for piano four hands, in C major, K.521, was written in May 1787 (six months before Don Giovanni), when Mozart had reached his full maturity as a composer. It is characterised by the light key of C major and the virtuosity of its two fast movements (especially the first one), bright and brilliant in their elegance. Mozart originally wrote this Sonata for Francisca von Jaquin, but later dedicated it to Nanette and Babette Natorp, daughters of a rich Viennese merchant.

Source: CD Booklet


Guillaume Bellom (b. 1992) studied piano and violin from the age of six at the Besançon Conservatoire (CRR), where in 2008 he was awarded prizes for piano, violin and chamber music.

In 2009, he was unanimously admitted to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM), where he joined the piano class of Nicholas Angelich and Romano Pallottini. He also studied under Franck Braley, Marie-François Bucquet, Dominique Merlet, Dany Rouet, Denis Pascal, Leon Fleisher and Jean-Claude Pennetier. He is currently furthering his studies with Hortense Cartier-Bresson.

In 2011 he also joined the violin class of Roland Daugareil, Suzanne Gessner and Christophe Poiget at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM).

Guillaume Bellom was winner of the piano prize in the Besançon "Jeunes Musiciens" competition in 2008, following which he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto and the First Piano Concerto of Brahms with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Besançon.

He is often heard on radio (France Musique, in programmes presented by Phillipe Cassard and Arièle Butaux), and he performs regularly at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris, where he has been artist in residence since 2012.

His interest in chamber music has led to appearances at festivals including those of Deauville (Festival de Pâques and Août Musical). He also plays sonatas with his brother, the cellist Adrien Bellom (Chambéry Bel-Air Claviers Festival, "Printemps des Alizés" in Essaouira, Morocco, etc.). Recently, with Amaury Coeytaux (violin) and Victor Julien-Laferrière (cello), he gave the first performance of Danse encore, a trio by the composer and pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, at the Chapelle du Méjan in Arles.

In 2014, Guillaume performed in the Animal Carnival by Saint-Saens at the Champs-Elysées concert hall in Paris, and won a prize at the Rhine Gold Foundation. In 2015, he won the first prize at the international piano competition of Epinal, France. In 2016, he won the first prize of the Thierry Scherz competition in Gstaad, Switzerland. His first solo album, featuring pieces by Schubert, Haydn and Debussy, was released in early 2017. His great interest in chamber music, shared with his friend Ismaël Margain, lead them into joining various ensembles such as those performing at the Deauville Festival of Music. They play piano four-hands together and have recorded two discs dedicated to Mozart and Shubert under the label Aparte/Harmonia Mundi.


Ismaël Margain was born in 1992 in Sarlat (Dordogne), where he began his musical training (piano, flute, saxophone, jazz, composition, etc.). The pianist and conductor Vahan Mardirossian, with whom he worked from the age of eight, presented him to his own teacher, Jacques Rouvier, who coached him for entrance to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM). Received unanimously, he entered Nicholas Angelich's class, then that of Roger Muraro.

After winning his first competition at the age of seven at "Les Musicales de Caen", Ismaël Margain went on to reap other awards, and in 2011 he won the "Génération SPEDIDAM" International Competition in Aix-en-Provence, receiving his diploma from Aldo Ciccolini, chairman of the jury, following his performance, in the final, of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, conducted by George Pehlivanian. The latter immediately invited the young pianist to play Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major under his baton at the Le Touquet International Music Masters 2012. Ismaël came to the notice of the general public in December 2012, when he played Mozart's Piano Concerto No.23 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on stage at the Opéra Comique in Paris in the final of the Long-Thibaud Competition, in which he won Third Prize and also the Public Prize.

In 2011 Limoges Opéra asked him to put together a programme in tribute both to Franz Liszt, for the bicentenary of his birth, and to one of his favourite composers, Franz Schubert. Ismaël was then invited to take part in various festivals, including those of Deauville, Albi ("Tons voisins"), Prades (Pablo Casals), Paris (Chopin), Toulouse (Piano aux Jacobins), Caracas (European Soloists) and the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany. He has also been heard in recital at the Palais de l'Athénée in Geneva.

Ismaël Margain was awarded a bursary by the Clos de Vougeot Music Festival 2012 (Côte d'Or, Burgundy) and formed an ensemble for the occasion with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He performs regularly at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris, where he has been artist in residence since 2012.

His first solo album, dedicated to Schubert, was released in early 2017. His great interest in chamber music, shared with his friend Guillaume Bellom, lead them into joining various ensembles such as those performing at the Deauville Festival of Music. They play piano four-hands together and have recorded two discs, dedicated to Mozart and Shubert, under the label Aparte/Harmonia Mundi.
























See also

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, Allegro in A minor "Lebensstürme", Sonata in C major "Grand Duo" – Ismaël Margain & Guillaume Bellom (Audio video)

Guillaume Bellom plays Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn & Claude Debussy (Download 48kHz/16bit)

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