-5 octave fortepiano-
Composers and performers in the early classical period were supposed to be great improvisers. Through the style of Fantasie, vividly picturing these composers improvising, pursuing the maximum possibilities and varieties on the 5 octave fortepiano, the program tries to come closer to their most honest faces.
J.S.Bach : Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge mit Frühfassung BWV 903
C.P.E.Bach : Fantasia in A-dur, wq 58-7
Haydn : Fantasia (Capriccio) in C-dur Hob. XVII/4
Mozart : Fantasie in d-moll KV 397
Neefe: Fantasia in f-moll
Beethoven : Klaviersonate Nr. 14 op. 27 Nr. 2 in cis-moll, "Sonata quasi una Fantasia“
Mozart and His Footsteps
- from Salzburg to Paris (1777, 1778) -
Mozart met the piano maker Johann Andreas Stein in Augsburg in 1777 and performed on his instrument. In a letter to his father, Mozart gladly describes how wonderful Stein's instrument was.
This program is predominantly based on three sonatas for the keyboard instruments that were played or composed during the journey in which Mozart met Stein (Salzburg-Munich-Augsburg-Mannheim-Paris, 1777~1778), delivering the inspiration Mozart received from his encounter with Stein's instrument and Stein himself. While the Fantasy in d minor and the Rondo in a minor were composed later in Vienna, they function as preludes to the sonatas.
Keiko Shichijo's new CD with this program will be released in Autumn 2021, from Bridge records, USA.
Fantasie in d-moll KV 397
Klaviersonate Nr. 9, in D-dur KV 311
Klavieronate Nr.5, in G-dur KV283
Rondo in a-moll KV 511
Klaviersonate Nr.8, in a-moll KV 310
-5,5 octave fortepiano-
Based on CPE Bach’s fantasy, Dutch/American composer Ned McGowan wrote a new fortepiano solo piece ‘Hallucination. This program combines old and new repertoire for fortepiano.
C.P.E.Bach : Fantasie in A-dur Wq 58-7
Ned McGowan : Hallucination
Noriko Koide : Hyssop
Maurice Ravel : Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn
Joseph Haydn : Klaviersonate in h-moll, Hob. XVI/32
I. Allegro moderato
III. Finale; Presto
György Kurtág: Un brin de bruyère à Witold (In memoriam Witold Lutoslawski)
J.S.Bach: Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge mit Frühfassung BWV 903
New piece by Jürg Frey
Jürg Frey is a one of the founders of Wandelweiser collective.
His musical language as a composer and sound artist is a creation of wide, quiet sound space. His new 'fortepiano' solo piece which will be about 30-40 min. long will be premiered by Keiko Shichijo on the 5th February 2022, in the Concertgebouw Brugge in their Slow Festival, together with his piano piece
Jürg Frey focuses on sensibility for the qualities of the material and timbre, and on precision of compositional approach.
-6,5 octave fortepiano-
In the final movement's second fugue of Op.110, Beethoven wrote "gathering of confidence after illness or despair" (Poi a poi di nuovo vivente). Martin Cooper describes the Fugue as ‘ luminous verities’ after the distress of arioso in this piece. Charles Rosen states about this movement “not simply represent the return to life, but persuades us physically of the process".
This program is a celebration of our lives with a collection of pieces around Op.110 by Beethoven, which are intimate, festive, warm and have longings of life.
Franz Schubert: 12 Deutsche Ländler D790
Joseph Gelinek: 6 Variationen über ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ aus Mozarts Oper ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in F-dur
Carl Maria von Weber: Aufforderung zum tanz Op. 65 in Des-dur
Franz Schubert: Adagio D178 in G-dur
Ludwig van Beethoven: Klaviersonate op.110 in As-dur
I : moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II : Allegro molto
II: Adagio ma non troppo-Fuga