Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thomas Pandolfi gives all Chopin piano recital in Washington DC

Tonight, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, Thomas Pandolfi  (site) gave a free concert at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, in the Sanctuary, on a Steinway.

The program comprised all Chopin. I misplaced the program, but I name the main contents: The C#-minor Fantasy-Impromptu, both Polonaises, a Mazurka, the C#-minor Waltz, the E-flat and F major Nocturnes (both of which I studied in the 1950s at around 10th grade, right after a change in piano teachers after the first one died), and eight of the 24 Etudes, including the “Revolutionary” and “Ocean”, both in C minor, and the “Thirds” and “Sixths”. Mr. Pandolfi explained each piece.

He played three encores, including a jazz etude, a Liszt transcription of a Robert Schumann song, and a Gershwin medley.

The regular service at the Church today included a prelude “Hymns of Faith” by Lawrence Schreiber with James Sennett playing the Euphonium and the composer at the piano, and an offertory recitative and aria “The Publican”, by Beardsley van der Water, sung by Deborah Miller. The sermon, by Jeffrey Haggray, made an interesting comparison of “only” the Pharisees and the tax collector, in a society where the tax collector was an “entrepreneur” who had a government license to collect as much tax as he could and keep the excess.

1 comment:

FBC said...

Pandolfi is returning to First Baptist Church on Sunday, October 9th at 4 pm! Free admission.

Concert program is in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth and includes several selections by the composer, as well as a piece by Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.