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Peter Frankl performs music of Schubert and Debussy Dec. 12

December 6, 2012

Concert also features Ettore Causa, viola

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Peter Frankl, hailed by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The recital, which focuses on the music of Schubert and Debussy, takes place Wednesday, December 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The concert opens with Schubert’s Sonata No. 9 in B major, D. 575, a work that was published only posthumously. Faculty colleague Ettore Causa will then join Frankl for Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor, D. 821.

The second half of the concert is devoted to the music of Debussy, beginning with both sets of Images and concluding with Estampes. With its scales and rhythms inspired by the music of Asia and the Middle East, Estampes evokes images of faraway lands.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street. This concert is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets to this performance are $12–$22, $6–9 with student ID. Sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. 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 Artists

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, Maazel, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, and Fine Arts 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, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. 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.

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000 He has since made soloist and recital appearances in many of the major venues around the world. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa was a member of the Aria Quartet from 2004-2009 and currently plays in the Poseidon Quartet. He is frequently invited to prestigious chamber music festivals where he has performed with such internationally renowned musicians as the Tokyo String Quartet, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Thomas Adès, Ana Chumachenco, Natalie Clein, Alberto Lysy, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett, and others. Mr. Causa taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy for many years. He was appointed as an associate professor at the Yale School of Music in September 2009. Among his recording, both the Brahms Sonatas and the collection of Romantic pieces garnered overwhelming success and were highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frédéric Chaudière in 2003.

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