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Pierre Réach performs Beethoven, Schumann, and Berlioz Jan. 20

Esteemed Bach interpreter turns his attention to the nineteenth century
December 16, 2015

reach-pierreThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by acclaimed pianist Pierre Réach on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. This performance is Réach’s first return to Yale since his rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations captivated audiences in 2009.

The recital will open with one of Beethoven‘s Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “The Tempest.” The sonata’s stormy nickname was given not by the composer but rather by violinist Anton Schindler, who claimed that the piece was inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Next on the program is Schumann‘s Carnaval, Op. 9. The work comprises 21 short pieces representing masked figures at Carnival, the festival that precedes Lent. The 21 pieces are connected by four-note figures which Schumann uses as musical cryptograms to spell out several messages.

The program will conclude with Berlioz‘s Symphonie Fantastique, transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt. The symphonic work, which was performed earlier this fall by Yale Philharmonia, is one of many orchestral transcriptions by Liszt, a virtuoso pianist who popularized orchestral music across Europe through his flamboyant performances of orchestral works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Wagner, among others.

Pianist Pierre Réach has enjoyed a diverse and successful career, defined by his international performances, pedagogical activities, and organization of wide-ranging artistic events. He has received numerous awards including First Prize in the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition, a Medal in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Pozzoli International Competition, and several others. Known as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, he has recorded the work twice to critical acclaim. WEBSITE

The January 20 concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets start at $23, $13 with student ID, and are available online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or from the Yale School of Music box office at 470 College Street.

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