Refractions of the Pianistic Prism with Stefan Cassomenos

Date and Time
Sat 14 Oct, 3:30pm
Reardon Theatre
$39 / $32
Approximately 60 minutes, no interval
a “great natural ease” (Neue Züricher Zeitung)

Applauded for his “great natural ease” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Melbourne-based internationally recognised concert pianist Stefan Cassomenos summons hitherto unidentified reserves of physical stamina and mental concentration to present a fitting Festival tribute to the shared anniversary year of the two composers jointly responsible for the majority of all notes written for and played by pianists worldwide since 1873 – György Ligeti and Sergei Rachmaninoff – interspersed with idyllic yet dynamic still-lifes from French note-painters Emmanuel Chabrier, Lili Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, and Claude Debussy, immortalising the visceral beauty of their picturesque surroundings.


Stefan Cassomenos Piano


LIGETI Etude No 5, “Arc-en-ciel”

CHABRIER Idylle from Pièces pittoresques

L. BOULANGER D’un Jardin Clair from Trois morceuax

MESSIAEN Le Merle Noir from Petites esquisses d’oiseaux

DEBUSSY L’Isle Joyeuse

LIGETI Etude No 4, “Fanfares”


  Étude-Tableau in D minor, Op 33 No 5
  Étude-Tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 1
  Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
  Polichinelle in F-sharp major, Op 3 No 4
  Étude-Tableau in F minor, Op 33 No 1
  Vocalise Op 34 No 14
  Étude-Tableau in D major, Op 39 No 9

Program Note

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