Preludes and Fugues (A Concert in Paris) Vestard Shimkus
- Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849):
- 1Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45. Sostenuto (Live)04:40
- Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915): 5 Preludes, Op. 74:
- 25 Preludes, Op. 74: I. Douloureux déchirant (Live)00:45
- 35 Preludes, Op. 74: II. Très lent, contemplatif (Live)01:43
- 45 Preludes, Op. 74: III. Allegro drammatico (Live)00:36
- 55 Preludes, Op. 74: IV. Lent, vague, indécis (Live)01:19
- 65 Preludes, Op. 74: V. Fier, belliqueux (Live)01:06
- Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918): Preludes, Livre II, L. 131:
- 7Preludes, Livre II, L. 131: V. Bruyères (Calme - Doucement expressif) (Live)03:25
- 8Preludes, Livre II, L. 131: XII. Feux d'artifice (Modérément animé) (Live)04:10
- George Gershwin (1898 - 1937):
- 9Prelude in E-Flat Major, "Novelette in Fourths" (Live)02:04
- 10Prelude in A-Flat Major, "Melody No. 17" (Live)02:05
- 11Prelude in G Minor, "Fragment" (Live)00:20
- 12Prelude in G Major, "Rubato" (Live)01:06
- 3 Preludes:
- 133 Preludes: I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso (Live)01:27
- 143 Preludes: II. Andante con moto e poco rubato, "Blue Lullaby" (Live)04:00
- 153 Preludes: III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso, "Spanish Prelude" (Live)01:08
- Vestard Shimkus (b. 1984): North Wind. The Gothic Prelude and Fugue:
- 16North Wind. The Gothic Prelude and Fugue: I. Prelude (Live)02:52
- 17North Wind. The Gothic Prelude and Fugue: II. Fugue (Live)04:37
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 8, BWV 853:
- 18Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 8, BWV 853: Prelude in E-Flat Minor (Live)03:27
- 19Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 8, BWV 853: Fugue in D-Sharp Minor (Live)04:04
- 20Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: Prelude (Live)01:16
- 21Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: Fugue (Live)01:10
- Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in E-Flat Minor:
- 2224 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in E-Flat Minor: Prelude (Live)05:33
- 2324 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in E-Flat Minor: Fugue (Live)01:53
- 2424 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in D-Flat Major: Prelude (Live)02:57
- 2524 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in D-Flat Major: Fugue (Live)02:05
Info for Preludes and Fugues (A Concert in Paris)
For this recital in Paris, in April 2019, the Latvian pianist Vestard Shimkus imagined a program focused on preludes and fugues. A first part devoted to preludes confirmed his affinity with Scriabin (Preludes Op. 74) and his performance in Debussy also displayed a bewildering art of suggestion. In the second part, introduced with a majestic composition by the pianist, two excerpts from J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, which preceded two of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, performed with an impressive dramatic force. A very original journey, spanning three centuries of musical creation, by one of the most fascinating personalities of the classical scene.
Vestard Shimkus, piano
Described as "a phenomenon" (conductor Paavo Jarvi), "superb" (American Record Guide) and "inspired" (BBC), pianist, composer and improviser Vestard Shimkus (born 1984, Latvia) has also been called "one of the greatest pianists of the young generation" ("Piano News", Germany).
Being the 1st-prize-winner of several competitions, including the Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Spain, 2009), he began to gain an international recognition after his performances with BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de France as well as after performing at Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Bergen and Lockenhaus festivals.
As a pianist, Vestard Shimkus is particularly interested in the music written within the last 150 years. In addition, he occasionally performs entirely improvised solo concerts inspired by jazz, contemporary classical music, film music, early music and folk music.
Likewise, he is also an accomplished composer - he has written two piano concertos and a number of solo piano and chamber music works some of which have been published by "SCHOTT", as well as music for cinema and theatre. In 2016, his original orchestral score for the movie "Ausma" ("Dawn", 2015, directed by Laila Pakalniņa) received the highest prize awarded in the Latvian cinema - "Lielais Kristaps" Latvian Film Festival Award. He received another "Lielais Kristaps" award for his second film score written for the movie "Breathing Into Marble" (aka "Breaking Into Marbles"/ "Kvėpavimas į marmurą"/ "Elpa marmorā", 2018, directed by Giedrė Beinoriūtė) in 2018. He has also been awarded with "Lotto-Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals" (Germany, 2014) as well as nominated for the "International Classical Music Award" (2013) and awarded with TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) award of Latvian Junior Chamber International (2016).
Vestard Shimkus began his piano studies at age of five in Riga and subsequently studied in Los Angeles, Madrid and Munich with Dmitri Bashkirov, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Daniel Pollack and Vadim Suchanov. He has also studied composition with Pēteris Vasks.
Shimkus has released ten albums.