The program is presented on two modern copies of most famous fortepiano makers of Chopin‘s time: C. Graf, 1819 and I.Pleyel, 1830. Graf was preferred by Chopin when he first performed in Vienna. The sophistication and sonority of Pleyel, Chopin‘s favorite from the time he moved to Paris, moved Chopin to write to his best friend Tytus Woyciechowski: ‚ ‘‘Pleyel's pianos are 'non plus ultra'. The copies were built by the renowned fortepiano builder Paul McNulty.
Sergei Istomin earned his Master’s degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He completed post-graduate studies with Catharina Meints Caldwell and August Wenzinger at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, Ohio. Sergei Istomin performs solo and chamber music recitals in many European and North American Festivals. He has recorded for Analekta, Passacaille, Centaur, CBC, Music and Arts Programs of America, Sony Classical and Zig-Zag Territoires. Sergei Istomin lives in Belgium where he holds a doctorate research associate position at the University College Gent.
Introduction et Polonaise Brilliante in C major op.3 for violoncello
and fortepiano Waltz in E major op.posth, Waltz in e minor op.posth
Rondo a la Mazur in F Major op.5
Grand duo concertant for violoncello and fortepiano
on the themes of “Robert le diable”
Polonaise op.40 in c minor
Nocturne op.27 N2 in D flat major
Sonata op.65 for violoncello and fortepiano in g minor
Allegro moderato, Scherzo, Largo, Finale – Allegro
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