This May, Seong-Jin Cho embarks on a whirlwind festival tour, captivating audiences at both the Prague Spring Festival (May 24) and the Dresdner Music Festival (May 25). After an eight-year absence, Cho returns to Prague with a thrilling recital programme that he then reprises in Dresden. 

The first half of the recital showcases three masterpieces by Maurice Ravel, revealing his unparalleled fusion of classical structure and impressionistic colours. Menuet antique opens with a classical form infused with archaic charm, followed by the Sonatina, in which intricate structures meet impressionistic colors. The programme culminates with Le tombeau de Couperin, a virtuosic piece echoing both Liszt and the complexities of the 20th century, inspired by the symbolist poet Aloysius Bertrand.

Afterward, the evening soars to new heights with Franz Liszt’s monumental Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie. This nearly hour-long suite paints a musical portrait of Italy, drawing inspiration from poets like Petrarch and Dante, and capturing the essence of the country’s mesmerizing landscapes and rich artistic heritage.

Photo: Christoph Köstlin / DG