I recently traveled to Oslo, Norway to attend a concert at the Oslo Opera House by the Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov. In addition, I did some shopping, took a boat ride around the inner harbor, and enjoyed walking around the old city.


About the Concert

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Oslo Opera House
Grigory Sokolov, piano


Program

Composer Work
Haydn Keyboard Sonata, Hob. XVI:44
Haydn Keyboard Sonata, Hob. XVI:32
Haydn Keyboard Sonata, Hob. XVI:36
  Intermission
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 27, Op. 90
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111

Encores

Composer Work
Schubert Moment musicaux No. 1 in C major
Chopin Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
Chopin Nocturne in A-flat major, Op. 32, No. 2
Rameau Rondeau
Chopin Prelude in D flat major, “Raindrop”
Chopin Prelude in C minor


About the Artist

Each Sokolov concert is unique in its own way. His technique is utterly peerless, but he rarely adheres to a template for piano virtuosos. He is known for his ability to draw an unusually broad spectrum of colours and sounds from the keys. Sokolov’s interpretations are usually deeply personal. If you’d like to learn more about Sokolov, a good place to start is the article Last of the Titans.