Influencers of Resonance: Karel Košárek

In his fascinating program US-trained Karel Košárek explores the question of the extent to which the different worlds of classical music and jazz can be combined.

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"Do classical music and jazz represent two utterly divergent worlds, or can they inspire, complement, and influence one another? Can a classically trained composer/pianist write a brilliant jazz piece and also interpret it in this essence with excellence? Can one take a typically Baroque form of music, such as the toccata or fugue, a “fill it” with jazz harmonies, rhythms, and expressivity? What did Rhapsody in Blue sound like before Gershwin had it orchestrated by Ferde Grofé? I will attempt at least a partial response to these questions with the programme of my recital, which I have prepared for the Makers of Resonance series with great respect and admiration to the individual composers, who were also famed pianists."

Karel Košárek

 

Program

George Gershwin (1898–1937): Preludes for Piano
Earl Wild (1915–2010) / George Gershwin: Seven Virtuoso Études
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Friedrich Gulda (1930–2010): Toccata, Prelude and Fugue
Nikolaj Kapustin (*1937): Concert Etudes op. 40

 

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