Maki Sekiya: Shostakovich Piano Sonata No. 1 & Contemporary Russia
A recital of Russian contemporary pieces alongside Shostakovich's Piano Sonata No. 1 by the brilliant Japanese pianist, Maki Sekiya (“An extraordinary, irrepressible energy which doesn’t know an end.” - V.G.Rozhnovsky). This recital juxtaposes the first piano sonata of Shostakovich with four Russian contemporary pieces that reflect the influence of minimalism and electronica. “Yarilo” for piano and electronics by the Moscow-trained composer, Nikolai Korndorf, is one of the great classics of Russian contemporary keyboard music, and for the pieces by Yusopova and Naumenko, Maki is joined by the exceptional Oxford-based Theremin player, Lydia Kavina.