December Concerts 2013

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Ottawa

Friday, December 13th

Hinrich Alpers: Solo Piano Recital


Maurice Ravel


Robert Schumann

Piano Sonata no. 3 in F minor, op. 14

Franz Liszt

Piano Sonata in B minor

“… music making of the highest order. Remember this name: Hinrich Alpers.” (The New York Sun, March 2008)

German pianist Hinrich Alpers, 1st Prize winner of the 3rd International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Germany, and Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition, has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and as collaborator in chamber music and lieder throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He had made acclaimed debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie, among others.

Festival Pontiac Enchante is very grateful for the generous sponsorship of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in making Mr. Alpers’ appearance in the series possible.

Saturday, December 14th
Free entrance

Hinrich Alpers: Piano Masterclass

Mr. Alpers will work with three Ottawa piano students in hour-long public masterclasses. Mr. Alpers is currently a teacher of piano at the Hanover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, and is the founder and artistic director of the Lüneburger Heide Summer Academy of Music. He is a master teacher, and is deeply involved with the education of young musicians. This will be a class fascinating for audience members and students alike.

If you would like to perform in the class, please contact Carson Becke ( for more information.

Sunday, December 15th

Hinrich Alpers and Carson Becke: Two Piano Recital


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Trans. Klindworth

Romeo and Juliet: Overture-Fantasia

Sergei Rachmaninov

Suite for Two Pianos no. 1, op. 5 “Fantaisie-Tableaux”

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for Two Pianos in F minor, op. 34b

In this Two Piano Recital, Brahms’ monumental Sonata for two pianos is juxtaposed against Rachmaninov’s elegant first two piano suite and Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet Overture, in a little known but masterful arrangement for two pianos by Karl Klindworth.

Tchaikovsky was one of Rachmaninov’s musical heroes, and this suite is ample evidence of that: it is dedicated to Tchaikovsky, and the sound world, especially that of the second movement, is very much indebted to Tchaikovsky.

Brahms’ Sonata for two pianos is perhaps better known as a Piano Quintet, for piano and String Quartet. The piece had a complicated genesis: it began as a String Quintet, and was then re-arranged for two pianos. Brahms performed this version with Carl Tausig. Still unsatisfied, he again rewrote the piece, in its version as a Piano Quintet.