The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Trust The Ear – you won’t want to miss The Mystery Pianist performing at Farley’s House of Pianos this Wednesday night

August 15, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

This Wednesday night, August 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., Farley’s House of Pianos (below) will host an intimate, salon-style concert by a well-known virtuoso pianist who – for contractual and other reasons – must remain a mystery guest.

I know the name, but unfortunately I can’t even give you clues – though if you look at the ambitiously virtuosic program, you might very well figure out who she is. But what I can say that this bet is NOT a risky one. You will love what you hear. It should be a sell-out, just as it was the last time she played at Farley’s.

(Please leave your “guesses” in the comments section of this blog and that may help other readers to decide.)

The Mystery Pianist, accurately described as “amazing” by Farley’s, is returning to Farley’s to perform by special arrangement.

“We are pleased to welcome her back. Hear this incredible pianist in the intimate salon concert settings for which Farley’s is known,” says the press release.

Tickets are $30. They can be purchased at Farley’s House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Road, on Madison’s far west side near West Towne. You can also purchase advance tickets are Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street. Reserve tickets with a credit card by calling (608) 271-2626.

The pianist may be mystery at this point, but there is no mystery about the huge program she is playing, which includes homages to the bicentennials of Chopin and Liszt.

The ambitious but also songfully lyrical program includes: Mozart’s Fantasy on C Minor, K. 475; seven Nocturnes by Chopin – below — (Op. 55, No. 1 in F Minor; Op. 15, No. 1 in F Major, Op. 27, No. 1 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 15, No. 2 in F-sharp major, Op. 48, No. 1 in C Minor; Op. 27, No. 2 in  D-Flat Major, and Op. 9, No. 2 in E-Flat major; and Leopold Godowsky’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on J. Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus.””

Then, after intermission,  she will play Six Schubert Songs as transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt – below — (Gute Nacht, Des Mädchens Klage, Der Doppelgänger, Der Erlkönig, Der Müller und der Bach and Ständchen); Schubert’s Impromptu in B Flat Major, Op. 142, No. 3; and Liszt’s “Totentanz” in its solo piano version.

Here is a link with more information (look under Events):

Who do you think The Mystery Pianist is?

If you go, let us know what you thought.

The Ear wants to hear.

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