Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva performs Sonatas by the Sea

Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s classical music program featuring world-class artists, continues with Bulgarian-born pianist Nadejda Vlaeva on Friday, November 12, at 6 p.m. The program includes piano sonatas by Beethoven and Scriabin; three Chopin waltzes; works inspired by vocal music arranged by Franz Liszt; a prelude by Pancho Vladigerov and intermezzo by Paul Klengel; and an original piece, “Silent Words.” The concert may be experienced in person at the museum or livestreamed.

Fitting for a concert on the East End, Vlaeva will play Alexander Scriabin’s “Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor” (Op. 19) — a work inspired by the sea, which Scriabin first experienced on a trip to Latvia in 1892. The sonata was completed five years later in 1897, during which time the composer visited other seaside towns including Genoa, and Crimea on the shores of the Black Sea where he spent his honeymoon. Scriabin described inspirations for Sonata No. 2 including, “the calm of a night by the seashore … somber agitation of the depths … tender moonlight … the stormy agitation of the vast expanse of ocean.”

The concert also features German composer Paul Klengel’s “Intermezzo in G minor” (Op. 55) — a tour de force that calls for deft finger work, precise technique, and a sensitive approach. Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 18 in E flat major” (Op. 31, No. 3) is informally known as “The Hunt,” referring to a theme that evokes a horn call. The playful jocularity throughout much of the piece belies profound ideas and deep emotion. Next is the evocative “Liebestraum No. 3” composed by Liszt, followed by two of his arrangements: Robert Schumann’s art song “Liebeslied (Widmung),” and “Isolde’s Liebestod“ (Love-Death) from Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde.” Vlaeva continues with Frédéric Chopin’s “Waltz in E-flat Major” (Op. 18), “Waltz in A Minor” (Op. 34, No. 2), and “Waltz in C-sharp Minor” (Op. 64, No. 2). Following the Scriabin Sonata, Vlaeva concludes the recital with her original composition “Silent Words,” and “Exotic Prelude” (Op. 17, No. 3) In Spanish Style by Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov.

Vlaeva has won major international awards — including first prize at the Liszt Competition in Lucca, Italy, and the Yamaha Award for best Brahms interpretation — and has performed solo recitals and with orchestras throughout Europe and the United States.

All in-person concert attendees must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours. For details or tickets visit parrishart.org. The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill.