Inspired by 10 concert tours to China and the appointment as Cultural Ambassador of the province Gansu, Lydia created the concert program “Chinese dreams”: traditional Chinese folksongs (e.g. Liuyang River, Silver Clouds chasing the Moon) meet western Chinoiserie by Abram Chasins, Cyril Scott and Walter Niemann - a link between the musical worlds of China and Europe.
The two major cycles "Sea Pieces" and "Le chant de la mer" by Edward MacDowell and Gustave Samazeuilh take you into the vast and adventurous world of the sea. They tell stories of icebergs, sea depths, long trips and starry nights, of storms and the following sunrise over the sea. This musical adventure also leads to the mermaids and the underwater world in the Chinese sea, the Undines sing their songs and we visit the "Island of Joy" - Debussy's "L'isle joyeuse" - one of his most famous and ecstatic-exuberant piano works.
A stormy ride through the four elements awaits you! Edvard Grieg's deep connection to the earth is evident in his rarely heard solo arrangement of the Peer Gynt Suite. "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" are among the most famous melodies of the classcial music. You will experience two approches to "Jeux d'eau" by Franz Liszt and Maurice Ravel and get to know one of the most famous "wrong notes" in the history of music ...
The program of the CD “Music of the north” is a musical journey through Scandinavia to the Baltics, from the Romantic to the present. Well-known elements of Norwegian, Danish and Finnish folklore are combined with innovative new sounds from Estonia. A reunion with Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen along with possibly a first contact with Erkki-Sven Tüür and the “Composer of Silence” - Arvo Pärt.
The motto of this program: Joy of playing! It leads from the delicate sonatas by Italian harpsicord virtuoso Domenico Scarlatti to the compulsory piece of the Geneva Piano Competition from 1939 by André Francois Marescotti. A special highlight are the original Chinese folksongs by Wang Jianzhong. The second half is all about dancing: “Polkas de salon” by Bedrich Smetana and several works by Enrique Granados, complete this concert with the sensual and passionate music of Spain.
Clara Schumann was probably the most famous female pianist and composer of the 19th century - and so much more than "just" the wife of Robert Schumann. In this lecture-recital the audience learns about interesting background information and details of her life, as well as her closest friends. Works by herself, her husband Robert, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Frédéric Chopin.