AWARDS CONCERT “Images of the Night”
Tomoki Kitamura, winner of the second prize at Bonn’s International Telekom Beethoven Competition in 2017, returns to the scene of his triumph with an extraordinary “nocturnal” programme that reads like a projection of Robert Schumann’s early (op. 23) and very late (op. 133) romantic “Night Pieces” into the 20th century. It opens with Helmut Lachenmann’s “Wiegenmusik” (Cradle Music), which gradually evolves, after initial passages of density, into a state of complete tranquillity. The fact that this state can also be deceptive becomes particularly clear in the “Night Pieces” of Holliger and Hosokawa, and then less threatening in “The Night’s Music”, the central movement of Béla Bartók’s “Out of Doors” suite. The programme concludes with Schumann’s “Gesänge der Frühe” (Songs of Early Morning). Like Beethoven’s “Pastorale”, these five late piano pieces are not so much depictions of nature as they are expressions of subjective “feelings” at the approach of dawn.