Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:00 PM


Hannes Minnaar - Schumann, Fauré, Ravel, Zuidam - World Pianists

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

4 Nachtstücke, op. 23

Hannes Minnaar (Piano)

  • I. Mehr langsam, oft zurückhaltend (Trauerzog)
  • II. Markirt und lebhaft (Kuriose Gesellschaft)
  • III. Mit gosser lebhaftigkeit (Nächtliches Gelage)
  • IV. Einfach (Rundgesang mit Solostimmen)

Schumann's Nachtstücke have a personal ring to them. Schumann composed them in the aftermath of the death of his older brother Eduard. It was a dark period for Schumann, who said he was obsessed with death. At the same time, Schumann incorporated subtle references to a collection of short stories entitled Nachtstücke by Schumann's favourite author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

null Zuidam, Rob ((1964))


Hannes Minnaar (Piano)

  • I. Nightfall
  • II. Insomnia
  • III. L'heure bleue
  • IV. Farewell to Reinbert at Zorgvlied
  • V. Perseids passing

Rob Zuidam's Nox is an ode to the night. The composer says he is a nocturnal animal and prefers to work at night. "You have more freedom and the phone doesn't ring," he says in an interview. Four of the five movements of Nox are inspired by night experiences: nightfall, insomnia, the blue hour (the moment just before sunrise) and the Perseid meteor shower that can be seen in the sky during summer nights. The fourth part, 'Farewell to Reinbert at Zorgvlied', is an in memoriam for the conductor and composer Reinbert de Leeuw, who died in 2020.

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Nocturne No. 1, op. 33, no. 1

Hannes Minnaar (Piano)

    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

    Nocturne No. 13, op. 119

    Hannes Minnaar (Piano)

      Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

      Gaspard de la nuit

      Hannes Minnaar (Piano)

      • I. Ondine
      • II. Le Gibet
      • III. Scarbo

      Gaspard de la nuit has long been the most difficult piano piece to play in music history. But that is only a minor consideration when listening to the music. In three catchy atmospheric images, Ravel paints an evil water spirit, an eerie gallows and a dwarf spinning around.