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Peter Frankl offers a recital of Chopin and Schumann to honor the bicentennial year of the two Romantic composers

January 27, 2010

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the internationally-renowned pianist Peter Frankl in a recital of Chopin and Schumann on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Both Chopin and Schumann were born in 1810, and this recital honors the bicentennial of both composers. The two musicians admired each other’s works and met on at least one occasion. Chopin dedicated one of his Ballades to his colleague; Schumann, a music critic as well as composer, proclaimed in a famous review of Chopin: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius.”

Frankl, a professor at the Yale School of Music since 1987, has been hailed by the press as a “beguiling colorist” and “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” He will perform Chopin’s Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, no 1; Four Impromptus; Four Mazurkas, Op. 33; and the Scherzo No. 1 in B minor; and Schumann’s Fantaisiestucke, Op. 12, and Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Scenes from Vienna), Op. 26.

Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the artist

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti. His world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and he also frequently appears at European and American festivals. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Peter Csaba, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takacs, Guarneri, Bartók, Fine Arts, and Lindsay quartets. Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, a Hungarian anthology, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, the Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas, the Brahms trios, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets by Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music.

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