CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES — Rudolf Golez, performed a piano concert at Liceo de Cagayan University at Rodelsa Hall on August 8, 2023.
The piano concert was to commemorate Sergei Rachomaninoff’s 150th anniversary, featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt.
Rudolf Golez has attained many awards throughout his career as a pianist. He even impressed Imelda R. Marcos at the age of 11 in Manila. Golez first debuted playing Beethoven’s 4th Concerto with the Manila Chamber Orchestra and was the first ASEAN Chopin International Piano Competition winner.
Golez was able to perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Manila Symphony Orchestra, where they played the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1.
During the concert at Rodelsa Hall, Golez performed some of Rachmaninoff’s pieces. Rachmaninoff was a prodigy pianist who could play without theatricality and with the utmost sincerity. The first of his pieces Golez performed was “Poetry Humor.” He then performed “Bells Military,” “Landscape Winter,” and “March Heroic.”
Golez then performed pieces by Frederic Chopin. Several factors mainly characterize Chopin’s music: melodic complexity, structural innovation, rich harmonies, dynamic contrast, and virtuosity. Some of his music Golez played was “Polonaise in C minor tragic,” “Ballade in G minor heroic,” and “Scherzo in B-flat minor humor/drama.”
Towards the end of his performance, Golez performed pieces by Franz Liszt, starting with “Etude in E-flat Major after Paganini S. March.” Liszt was the first pianist to make solo recitals. His music was original, extended harmonic language, and truly showcased the music of the 20th century. To wrap up his performance, Golez followed up with “Sonetto del Petrarca 104 S. poetry,” “Hungarian Rhapsody S. folk,” and “Grand Etude in A mirror after Paganini finale.” – WhatALife!/Zain