Gabriela Montero


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Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferrucio Busoni

Chaconne from Partita for Violin n.º 2, in D minor, BWV 1004

Fryderyk Chopin

Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, op. 61

Sergei Prokofiev

Sarcasms op. 17
1. Tempestoso
2. Allegro rubato
3. Allegro precipitato
4. Smanioso
5. Precipitosissimo


Robert Schumann

Kreisleriana op. 16
1. Äußerst bewegt
2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
Intermezzo I: Sehr lebhaft
Erstes Tempo
Intermezzo II: Etwas bewegter
Erstes Tempo
3. Sehr aufgeregt (Muito agitado) – Etwas langsamer
Erstes Tempo (Tempo I) – Noch schneller
4. Sehr langsam
5. Sehr lebhaft
6. Sehr langsam
7. Sehr rasch
8. Schnell und spielend

For the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, the first great challenge came at the age of eight when she performed Haydn’s Piano Concerto with the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphonic Band. So auspicious was the occasion that she was given a scholarship to study in the USA, and her meteoric rise was crowned with an invitation to perform at Barack Obama’s swearing in ceremony in 2009. In The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini gushed about the mastery of Montero’s performance, remarking that she had everything: “crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power … soulful lyricism … unsentimental expressivity.”

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