BEETHOVEN: PIANO WORKS
The distinguished pianist Giorgos Konstantinou performs works of Ludwig van Beethoven as part of the 2020 GNO Alternative Stage Piano Festival, which was dedicated to Beethoven’s piano music.
The 2020 Piano Festival of the GNO Alternative Stage, a great celebration for the “king of the instruments”, returned for a fourth consecutive year with a unique tribute to Beethoven’s piano music, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. Ten celebrated Greek pianists in five evening recitals and four emerging soloists in afternoon concerts featured the great German composer’s 32 piano sonatas.
The piano recital was filmed on 23 October 2020 on the GNO Alternative Stage at the SNFCC.
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The "2020 PIANO FESTIVAL OF THE GNO ALTERNATIVE STAGE" is part of the framework of the Act "GREEK NATIONAL OPERA ALTERNATIVE STAGE FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS" (MIS 5004053), under the code 2017ΕΠΑ08510107, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national funds.
At a glance – Synopsis
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
Ι. Allegro con brio
ΙΙΙ. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E♭ major, Op. 81a, Les Adieux
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente
Creative team – CastSoloist Giorgos Konstantinou
Born in Athens, he is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, where he studied next to such professors as Ferenc Rados, András Kemenes and Gábor Csalog. He creates and performs kaleidoscopic semi-improvisational programmes with powerful non-musical references, combining older music with the one of contemporary composers such as Giorgos Koumendakis, Georges Aperghis, Iannis Xenakis, György Ligetti, György Kurtág, Feldman, etc. His work includes: The Five Stages of Grief: Kurtág fragments after Kübler-Ross, Bluebeard on Via Crucis, 18 Isotropic Fragments Around Xenakis’ Herma, In Memoriam 7-18 Around Les Yeux Clos by Toru Takemitsu. In 2019 he performed with the Greek National Opera Ballet in Igor Stravinsky’s Le Chant du rossignol. He travels frequently in Greece and abroad teaching (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Tallinn, Oxford) or giving recitals (St Petersburg, Moscow, Bucharest, Tirana, Prague, Rome, Smyrna). He collaborates with prestigious musicians and orchestras such as Kiev Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Timişoara Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. Since 2003 he has been organizing the international music festival Kochilia in northern Euboea, Greece.