Piano Recital "Around Rachmaninoff

Saturday 14 October 2023 An exceptional programme celebrating Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday, bringing together three contemporary composers: Serguei Rachmaninoff, Alexandre Scriabin and Anton Arenski.

Swetlana Meermann-Muret

Concert artist Swetlana Meerman-Muret takes us on a musical journey back to the Romantic era.

This exceptional programme celebrating Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday brings together three contemporary composers: Serguei Rachmaninoff, Alexandre Scriabin and Anton Arenski.

À Alongside Rachmaninoff's Preludes and Études-Tableaux, Etude Révolutionnaire op. 8 and Scriabin's Preludes op. 16, she will also introduce us to some magnificent little-known miniatures by Anton Arenski. A pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Arensky was appointed professor of composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1882, where he taught future great composers such as Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

  • Around Rachmaninov" piano recital

Swetlana Meermann-Muret, piano


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Etude-Tableaux in A minor op 39 n 2

Prelude in G sharp minor op 32 n 12

Prelude op 32 n 10 in B minor

Anton Arenski (1861-1906)

Nocturne in D flat major op 36

3 Pieces op 53 :

Romance in F major

Elegy in G minor

Mazurka in G major

Alexandre Scriabin (1871-1915)

Mazurka in E major op 3 n 4

5 Preludes op 16

Etude Révolutionnaire in D sharp minor op 8 n 12

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Elegy in E flat minor op 3

Prelude in B flat major op 23 n 2

Swetlana's latest album, 'Miniatures Russes' (released in 2021, recorded with SWR2 and Genuin in Germany) is devoted to miniatures by Anatol Liadov and Anton Arenski. It was praised by the international press, including BBC-Magazine:

" ... Near-contemporaries Arensky and Lyadov were both influenced by Chopin, as this wonderful recital proves. I could listen all day to Meermann-Muret's phrasing and singing melodic line.

Staccatofy:  "... Russian miniatures is a collection of profound and refined interpretations of deeply moving music performed with excellence and careful attention to detail" or Music Web International :

 "I have to say that this recital is a delight from the first note. All of these pieces are played with style and elegance, a real sense of melody and a versatile and responsive technique. The music is shown in its best light and Swetlana Meermann-Muret is easily the match of Marco Rapetti who recorded the complete Lyadov piano music on 5 discs from Brilliant Classics and the sound is better. If you are not after the complete piano works and want the attractive Arensky to boot this is a well constructed, representative and lovingly played collection."

The pianist

Winner of several international competitions, Swetlana Meermann-Muret finds herself at the confluence of three cultures: Russian, German and French. Her musical heritage ideally combines a typically Russian expressive commitment (ardent and tinged with melancholy), an analytical rigour allied to an overflowing imagination characteristic of her Germanic nature, and a 'French' freedom of spirit where lightness of tone is sometimes adorned with a hint of irony. (Jean-noël Regnier)

From her childhood in Russia, Swetlana has always had a particular passion for the music of her native country.

Her musical talents are expressed in many different ways, whether on the international scene as a soloist, chamber musician or accompanist, or at teaching level. She has taught at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, the CRD in Bourg-la-Reine, the CRR in Lyon and in 2022-2023 as piano assistant at the CNSMD in Lyon. 

Swetlana Meermann-Muret likes to introduce her audiences to certain repertoires and composers that are rarely heard. For example, in these forthcoming concerts at the Conservatoire next year, you will be able to hear other rarely-played Russian composers such as Glier, Lyapounov, Medtner and Liadov, in a duet with soprano Karina Desbordes.

For more information on the artist : www.swetlanameermann.com

And on the album Miniatures russes (2021):



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