Music Matters YouTube ~ Liszt, The Years of Pilgrimage from La Grua Center

Music Matters YouTube: Brahms 3rd Violin Sonata
featuring Yury Martynov
Saturday, April 17 at 5pm

Recorded in session at La Grua Center and aired on our YouTube channel. A private link to the concert will be shared with ticket holders approximately 2 hours prior to the start of the event, and again 15 minutes before the start of the event. Please note, ticket sales end approximately 1/2 hour prior to air time.

Northeastern US début recital, recorded October 2018

Troisième Année de Pèlerinage (1867-83)
1 Angélus!
2-3 Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este,

Thrénodies I & II
4 Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
5 Sunt lacrymæ rerum, en mode hongrois
6 Marche funèbre
7 Sursum corda

Russian pianist Yury Martynov's performances and vast discography on modern and historical pianos have seized the admiration and affections of music lovers worldwide. For the second half of his 2018 Music Matters début, he played Franz Liszt's painterly, ferociously challenging Third Year of Pilgrimage.

His partner on this heady, poetic journey was our 1886 Chickering concert grand. Calling on the piano's subtle tonal shading, now and again on its sheer horsepower, Martynov conjured forth Liszt's unrivaled pianistic sorcery. Pianist and piano fused in an evocation of fine chiaroscuro, brilliant polychrome, and spellbinding Northern Italian soundscapes. Though we were unable to video the recital, a panoply of appealing images lends visual dimension to the vibrant live recording.

Tickets $10. Visit our website to purchase.


Yury Martynov is among the strikingly few contemporary pianists whose careers encompass both the full range of the modern instrument and consummate mastery of harpsichord, historical piano, clavichord, and organ. Following youthful studies at the Moscow Conservatory's Central Music School, he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, having studied piano with Mikhail Voskresensky, organ with Alexey Parshin, and ensemble performance with Tigran Alikhanov. He later studied harpsichord and basso continuo at the Paris Conservatoire Municipal with Iltun Wjuniski. Competition wins in several lands, tours on most of the continents, and return invitations to festivals worldwide have established his reputation as a deeply nuanced musician who continues the finest historical and contemporary performance traditions of his land.

Yury Martynov, presently teaching at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, has a dual associate professorship in modern piano and historical keyboard performance. He counts among Europe's busiest performers on stage, solo and collaboratively, and has recorded for the continent's most acclaimed labels, among which are Melodiya, Alpha, and Caromitis. His world première recording of Liszt's transcriptions of all the Beethoven symphonies on superb mid-19th-century concert grands has garnered prize after prize, and his Mozart two-piano album with colleague Alexei Lubimov, also on period pianos, has become a standard against which other performances are measured.