"The masters of French Harpsichord"Svitlana Shabaldina

The presentation of the album of the outstanding Ukrainian harpsichordist Svitlana Shabaltina "Les maîtres du clavecin français" ("Masters of French Harpsichord")
 The material was recorded back in January 2020 at the Ukrainian Lutheran Church.In 2023, the album "Les maîtres du clavecin français" was released as a disc of the famous Japanese label Da Vinci Classics. Among the composers featured in the album, the concert programme will include the music of Joseph-Nicolas-Pankrat Roye and Armand-Louis Couperin.As stated in the description of the project:Among the several “golden ages” of Western music, the French Baroque is one of the most important; thanks to the repertoire and style of the keyboard school. The Da Vinci Classics album offers a stimulating and enticing panorama on the styles, genres, ideas and perspective of the French keyboard school in the Baroque era.
ProgrammeAntoine and Jean-Baptiste ForcretJacques DufleyJoseph-Nicolas-Pancras RoyerArmand-Louis Couperin
If we talk about the composers whose music will be presented in the concert programme, we would like to mention Joseph-Nicolas-Pancras Royer, a musician from Turin, which at that time belonged to Savoy. From there Rouyer moved to Paris, where he was highly valued and respected both for his piano works and for some of his compositions.Royer is the protagonist of two works on this album, the first of which is Le Vertigo - an impressive display of new virtuosity. Rouyer's Marche des Schytes is an original operatic adaptation of the Turkish march in Rouyer's own opera Zaide. Here, again, the search for "special effects" on the harpsichord must have caused pain to the composers/musicians who knew what the result was supposed to sound like.Armand-Louis Couperin's L'Affligée (The Suffering One) seems to show similarities with Rameau's L'Enharmonique, and is permeated with an intense, if somewhat light, note of melancholy.Together, these works represent a 360° portrait of what could be done with the harpsichord and a fair amount of ingenuity in the Baroque era; their diversity, both technically and musically, is impressive, giving the listener time for fantasy, pleasure and satisfaction.
*Svitlana Shabaltina was born in Kyiv. Graduated from Gnesins Musical Pedagogical Institute, Piano department (Moscow) and post-graduated at the same institute.
In 1990-1992 had probation period at Krakow Musical Academy with well-known harpsichordist Elzbieta Stefanska. Svitlana gives concerts as a soloist and with different chamber ensembles, she has given concerts in Great Britain, USA, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey.
She has also taken part at numerous festivals of modern and early music in Ukraine and abroad. Among them: International festival and congress «Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis», «Dni Bachowski» (Poland), «Cembalissimo» (Hungary), «Bach readings» and «Five evenings of harpsichord» (Russia), Festival clavicembalistico «WANDA LANDOWSKA» (Italy), different festivals of early music in Ukraine.
In 1995 Svitlana Shabaltina founded the first in Ukraine class of harpsichord at National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv). She has been a professor of early music chair at the Academy since 2000. Students of her class have won diplomas and other awards of different international competitions.
Svitlana Shabaltina played first night performances of solo and chamber pieces of modern Ukrainian composers, recorded several CDs, such as 2 albums from the series «Ukrainian performers» (piano), «Ukrainian and Russian music of XVI-XVIII centuries» (harpsichord), «8-years W. A. Mozart music» (with eminent Ukrainian flutist O. Koudriashov).
She is a member of the jury at International harpsichord competition in Ruvo di Puglia (Italy) and chair of the jury at Harpsichord competition in Kyiv (Ukraine). She is the author of many articles published in special magazines of Early Music and of the book “Harpsichord through centuries” (2013). She also gives master-classes and lectures in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Turkey.
Svitlana Shabaltina is the member of Société Européenne de Culture (Venice). Her name is mentioned in the dictionary «International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians’ Directory (In the Classical and Light Classical Fields)» Volume One 2000/2001 Seventeenth Edition.
The price of the ticket is UAH 400.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the Andrew's Church museum or on-line





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