George - Emmanuel Lazaridis herewith performs the monumental piano sonata "1.X.1905" by Leos Janacek.
Janáček intended this composition as a tribute to a worker (named František Pavlík), who, on the date indicated by the title, had been bayoneted during demonstrations calling support for a Czech university at Brno.
In the work Janáček expressed his disapproval with the violent death of the young jointer. He started to compose it immediately after the accident occurred and finished composition on January 1906.
The première took place on 27 January 1906 in Brno (Friends of the Arts Club) with Ludmila Tučková at the piano. Janáček also wrote a third movement (funeral march), which he cut out and burned shortly before the first public performance of the piece in 1906. He was not satisfied with the rest of the composition either and later tossed the manuscript of the two remaining movements into the river Vltava.
The composition remained lost until 1924 (the year of Janáčeks seventieth birthday), when Tučková announced that she owned a copy. The renewed première took place on 23 November 1924 in Prague under the title 1. X. 1905.
This is a live recording, part of a recital by G.E.Lazaridis at the Athens Megaron in March 2007. It is herewith presented alongside original paintings by Ioanna Manoledaki and a suited collection of specially edited landscape-photographs.