By Phil Muse
BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATA NO.32, POLONAISE, FANTAISIE, “EROICA” VARIATIONS
“Inna Faliks, an American pianist of Ukrainian origin, has already won many honors in competitions, given numerous master classes, and taken up residencies in conservatories and universities on three continents. What distinguishes her from other keyboard artists with impressive resumes is a keen perception of the harmonic and physical structure of the music she plays and an unerring ability to convey this to us in terms of emotion, clarity, and style. She puts them over in one irresistible package better than anyone you are likely to encounter. The fact that she is a Yamaha Artist also plays a part, as the beautifully defined registration of her instrument seems to free her to concentrate on matters of interpretation and communication.”
Disklavier Festival with Seoul National University
Inna’s performance in the US and simultaneously in Korea
The Schumann Project will be released by MSR Classics. More info to come, stay tuned!
Since March 20, 2020, Inna has been presenting short informal concerts from her home, dubbed “Corona Fridays.” Here are the 12 installments, thus far, of the video series – written about beautifully in this article on the Ampersand blog. Each episode features music that is newer, older – and words, of some kind – whether poetry that stands on its own, or is part of the piece, as in the case of Veronika Krausas’s “Master and Margarita” Suite.
Corona Fridays 1: Shchedrin, Chopin, and more
Corona Fridays 2: Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin
Corona Fridays 3: Beethoven, Golub, Danielpour, and more
Corona Fridays 4: Pajama Children’s Edition
Corona Fridays 5: Beethoven, Paganini-Liszt, and poetry by Jesse Ball
Corona Fridays 6: Mozart, Takemitsu, and Chopin
Corona Fridays 7: Pajama Children’s Edition
Corona Fridays 8: Tchaikovsky and Freidlin
Corona Fridays 9: Ljova and Wieck-Schumann
Corona Fridays 10: Krausas and Wieck-Schumann
Corona Fridays 11: Krausas, Ljova, and Liszt
Corona Fridays 12: Kids Edition
Corona Fridays 14: Scarlatti and Maya Miro Johnson
Corona Fridays 15: Pajama Fridays with Frida and Nathaniel
Corona Fridays 16: Chopin Etude Sandwich
Corona Fridays 17: Schumann, Rachmaninoff
Corona Fridays 18: Curtis Summerfest Young Composers Celebration
Corona Fridays 19: Pajama Fridays Edition: Schubert, Mark Carlson, Beethoven. Poetry by Helen Winslow and Carl Sandburg read by Frida and Nathaniel
Corona Fridays 20: Brahms, Tamir Hendelman, Beethoven
Corona Fridays 21: Chopin, William Carlos Williams, Richard Danielpour
Corona Fridays 22 :Beethoven, Paola Prestini, Oni Buchanan poem
Corona Fridays 23: Rilke poem and Chopin (Polonaise-Fantasie)
Corona Fridays 24: Ravel and Timo Andres
Corona Fridays 25: Friday the 13th Edition. Emily Dickinson poem, Chick Corea, Franz Liszt
Corona Fridays 26: Giraud, David Serkin Ludwig, Brahms
Corona Fridays 27: Brahms, Danielpour, Corea, Gershwin
Corona Fridays 28: Waltzes by Brahms, Krausas, Tchaikovsky
by Polina Cherezova
“Musicians find a way to connect to the given unprecedented moment,” Faliks said. “We all feel that what we are doing is needed, important, wanted in this dramatic and desperate time.”
This episode of my weekly Spring 2020 concerts from my home features many of the poets I have worked with over the years.
This one features a reading of work the founding poet of Music/Words – Jesse Ball.
Program is Beethoven Fantasie op 77, Corigliano Fantasia on an Ostinato and Paganini-Liszt La Campanella.
by Inna Faliks
“We now live in a realm of buzzwords, hashtags, slogans that can seduce us with the neatness of tidily packaged concepts in our desire for change. But “equality,” “revolution” and “proletariat” are rendered meaningless in environments where they are overused. We’ve entered an age of Newspeak – though, unlike in “1984,” this is not part of government indoctrination but our own doing.”
Inna Faliks live streams piano performances from her home every Friday, PST on FB live and IG live, for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak. Each livestream includes poetry to echo her Music/Words series, as well as new music, standard repertoire and conversation. Previous installments can be found here.