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09/10/2019 19:30

Polish pianist Julia Miller will be giving her second solo recital for this year at The Green Room, Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta on Wednesday 9th October. Following the success of her first recital last April, Julia Miller will be playing Maurice Ravel's Sonatine, and selected works from Polish composers Witold Lutoslawski, Frederick Chopin and Karol Szymanowski.

Before coming to Malta seven years ago, Julia Miller had already established herself as an international artist both as a soloist as well as in chamber music. In Malta she also built a reputation as a very sought after musical collaborator, including with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Critics have lauded her performances for versatility and passion as well as for the colour and clarity of sound.

Ravel's Sonatine was described by critics as a 'concise and radiant' work. It is a three-movement work from Ravel's early period that concentrates on a consistent mono-thematic structure based on the fundamental motif of failing fourth. The first movement was most likely written for a composing competition. The piece is one of the most well-known by Ravel, especially the 2nd movement that has been arranged for various instruments and ensembles by other composers.

The audience to this concert will also be treated to works by Chopin, including the popular Scherzo b flat minor op. 31, the 2nd out of four scherzos that Chopin composed. Dating to his period of romantic and dynamic syntax, in this piece Chopin combines the lyrical and cantabile moments with expressive rhythmical dissonance, intense articulation and fast, agitated parts in the beginning and in the end - a challenge to play for any pianist. Also by Chopin will be the Nocturne in b flat minor op.9 no.1r, from his earlier period and characterised by beautiful, long cantabile phrases that keep the listener in a particular mood full of longing. Waltz b minor op.69 no.2 is a typical example of lyrical miniature in a sentimental mood.

Bukoliki by Lutoslawski are 5 playful short pieces that get their inspiration from 'Kurpie' melodies - one of the ethnic groups in Poland. This short composition gives an idea of childhood games and is set in a folkloristic environment.

4 Mazurkas op. 50 by Szymanowski were his first ones of the genre, dedicated to the famous Polish pianist and personal friend Artur Rubinstein. These compositions were inspired by Polish folkloristic music, using the typical Podhalan (mountain) scale and give a contrasting atmosphere of quiet, mountain air along with typical feasts of the region.

For bookings, kindly send an email to juliamillerpianist@gmail.com.


  • €12 per person


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