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Music Matters: The Very First Piano

Artem Belogurov
Baroque piano after Cristofori (1726), by Kerstin Schwarz (2020)

The Very First Piano

Ferdinando de' Medici  Preludio & Passagaglio
Lodovico Giustini  Sonata da cimbalo di piano e forte in e
Giovanni Benedetto Platti  Sonata in c, Op. 4, No. 2
J. S. Bach  Præludium, Fuga & Allegro in Eb, BWV 998
George Frideric Handel  Suite in F, HWV 427
Francesco Geminiani  Deux pièces de clavecin
Domenico Scarlatti  Sonata in E, K.380
Antonio Soler  Sonata No. 21 in c#

At the end of the 17th century, brilliant Florentine instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori developed a key-and-hammer action to make the harpsichord more expressive. Stunning modern replicas of Cristofori's three surviving Baroque pianos have recently been amazing and charming performers and music lovers alike. Stylish, deeply expressive pianist Artem Belogurov returns to La Grua to play the North American début of one of the finest of these copies. In its recent tours across Western Europe, "the Red Cristofori" has left listeners with a powerful impression of the color and subtlety of this, the very first piano. Join us in La Grua's lively, supportive acoustic to experience this sorcery with your own ears.

Come celebrate the long-awaited arrival of La Primavera with music!

Artem Belogurov's recital will last about 65' and runs without an intermission.

$20 online tickets at; $25 at the door.

All seating is unreserved: first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before the start of the concert. Please note that you don't need a paper ticket; simply give your name at the door.

March 18
5:00pm - 6:00pm
32 Water Street, Stonington CT
La Grua Center