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Ettore Causa and Boris Berman perform Feb. 19th

February 11, 2013

Duos for piano and viola by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and more

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violist Ettore Causa and pianist Boris Berman in a concert on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 pm. The duo will perform music by Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, and Franck.

The concert will open with two movements from the F-A-E Sonata, the result of a collaboration among Schumann, Brahms, and Albert Dietrich to construct a violin sonata around the notes F, A, and E. The three letters were the result of the motto “Frei aber einsam” (“Free but lonely”), and each composer wrote one movement. Schumann’s expressive Intermezzo is the second movement, and Brahms’s Scherzo, full of rich harmonies and rhythmic vitality, is the third.

Following is the hauntingly beautiful “Meditation” by Paul Hindemith, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty for many years. This year marks fifty years since the composer’s death. Schumann’s Märchenbilder (“Fairy Tale Pictures”), Op. 113, depicts scenes from Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Sleeping Beauty. The evening will conclude with Franck’s Sonata in A major.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

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.

Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents. He regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include all piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi conducting (Chandos), was named the Compact Disc of the Month by CD Review. Other recordings include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Franck, Weber, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Joplin, and Cage. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is professor of piano, coordinator of the Piano department, and Music Director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He also gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was given the title of honorary professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2000, Yale University Press published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench; since then, the book has been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released Mr. Berman’s new book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

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