Piano Recital - Luis Magalhães presents 'Harmony in Contrast: A Musical Odyssey'

Sun Apr 21, 16:00 - Sun Apr 21, 18:00

Old Nectar Gardens


Old Nectar Concerts welcomes pianist Luis Magalhães for a solo piano recital with the programme entitled ‘Harmony in Contrast: A Musical Odyssey’ at Old Nectar gardens historic wine cellar in Jonkershoek.

Luis writes: “In this recital, we embark on a captivating journey through the musical landscapes of Mozart, Brahms and Mussorgsky. Despite the diverse stylistic and temporal origins of these compositions, a thematic connection emerges, weaving a narrative of contrasting emotions, forms, and artistic expressions. Mozart's Fantasie in C minor serves as our gateway to an enigmatic realm. Written in the last year of the composer's life, this piece exudes a sense of introspection and profound emotion. The turbulent opening movement contrasts with moments of sublime beauty, reflecting Mozart's mastery of musical tension and release. As we delve into the depths of this Fantasie, we lay the foundation for the emotional spectrum that will unfold throughout the recital. Brahms’ Fantasien Op. 116, comprising Intermezzi and Capriccios, explores intimate and introspective realms. The juxtaposition of stormy passages with tender lyricism showcases the composer's ability to evoke complex emotional landscapes. As we navigate Brahms' poetic expressions, we find echoes of Mozart's emotional depth, creating a bridge between the classical and romantic eras. Concluding our odyssey is Mussorgsky's monumental work, Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally composed for piano, this masterpiece takes the listener on a vivid journey through a gallery of visual impressions. Mussorgsky's evocative musical paintings, inspired by the artworks of Viktor Hartmann, showcase a wide array of characters and moods. The dramatic contrasts and narrative richness of Pictures at an Exhibition echo themes found in both Mozart and Brahms, underscoring the universality of artistic expression. "Harmony in Contrast: A Musical Odyssey" invites you to experience the interconnectedness of these masterworks, revealing the profound beauty that emerges when seemingly disparate musical voices converge.”

Luis Magalhães has achieved critical acclaim as a solo recitalist, concert pianist, teacher and chamber musician. Born in Portugal and currently residing in Stellenbosch, Luis’s career as a pianist displays the cosmopolitanism typical of successful 21st century musicianship. Luis has played extensively across Europe with engagements in Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, his native Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, amongst others. Beyond Europe, he has appeared on stages in Brazil, China, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the United States. Most recently (2022 & 2023), Luis was invited to be Artist in Residence at the Theatro Circo in Portugal and has performed numerous solo concerts and chamber music collaborations with international musicians. Luis is an Associate Professor in Piano at Stellenbosch University and has also given extensive masterclass including lessons at New York’s fabled Juilliard School and numerous universities across Europe, Asia and the United States. He has also served in the jury of many competitions including the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians (2012). Luis is a Yamaha International Artist.

Join us for this concert on Sunday 21 April 2024 at 4pm. Tickets are R200 per person and include selected wines from Banhoek’s renowned Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Student / learner tickets are offered at R50 per concert. Guests are invited to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.


MOZART Fantasie in C minor, K. 475

BRAHMS Fantasien Op. 116

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition


Piano Recital - Luis Magalhães presents 'Harmony in Contrast: A Musical Odyssey'
Old Nectar Gardens
2WV8+PR Stellenbosch, South Africa
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