Russian Epos: Rachmaninoff — Piano Recital with Ioannis Potamousis


WHEN May 15, 2022
7:30 PM WHERE The Blue Hall, The Arts Center Part of "NYUAD Music Recitals Series" WHO The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

Classical Pianist Ioannis Potamousis presents an evening of music composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

oannis Potamousis, described by the Pasatiempo as “New Colossus of the Keys”, is internationally acclaimed as a charismatic and passionate performer. He is known for his captivating artistry and introspective, poetic expression.

The program features works composed by beloved musician and towering pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff for solo piano and two pianos. It includes a selection from the “Moments Musicaux”, Suite No 1 for two pianos as well as Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No 2. Rachmaninoff composed six lyrical pieces that are rich in character, mood, and style. Each piece of op. 16 reproduces a musical form of the previous musical periods and displays all the artistic possibilities of the piano. Rachmaninoff’s vision of Suite No 1 was to compose “a series of musical pictures”, hence the title Fantaisie-tableaux. Each movement is inspired by poetry and portrays a varied pallet of colors, emotions, and sounds from nature and life: water, bird calls, human tears, and bells for the Russian church. The recital will conclude with Rachmaninoff’s second piano sonata. The revised version of the sonata shows the composer’s ingenuity to combine pianistic power and musical mastery as convincingly as his piano concertos.


Four Moments Musicaux op 16 (Duration 17 Minutes)

  • No 1 in B-flat minor
  • No 3 in B minor
  • No 4 in E- minor

Suite No 1 Fantaisie-tableaux in G Minor for Two Pianos Op. 5 (Duration 23 Minutes)

  • Barcarolle, Allegretto
  • La nuit… L’amour… , Adagio sostenuto (The night…the love…)
  • Les Larmes. Largo di molto (The Tears)
  • Pâques. Allegro maestoso (Easter) Guest Pianist: Elizabeth Han

S. Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, revised edition 1931 (Duration 20 Minutes)

Organized by
  • NYUAD Music Program

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