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Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon makes his Yale debut Feb. 17

Recital features music by Haydn, Schumann, and Janácek
February 12, 2016
Dénes Várjon

Dénes Várjon

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm.

Várjon, hailed as “a musician of unusual power” by the Washington Post, comes to the Yale stage the day after performing at Carnegie Hall. His concert will offer a diverse program that includes works by Haydn, Schumann, Janácek, and Chopin.

Opening the program is Franz Josef Haydn‘s Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI/34, in which the composer exploits the dynamic range of the fortepiano — then a newly invented instrument that offered more variation in volume than its predecessor, the harpsichord.

Next on the program is Robert Schumann‘s monumental Fantasie in C major, Op. 17. Schumann, just 20 years old at the time, began the work as part of an effort to erect a monument of Beethoven. By the time he finished, the sonata had become an outpouring of passion to Schumann’s beloved future wife Clara.

The program also includes On an Overgrown Path by Czech composer Leoš Janáček. This evocative collection of 13 short pieces was composed between 1900 and 1912. Segments of the work were used in the soundtrack for the 1988 film The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Várjon will play several works by Frederic Chopin, including the Ballade in F major, Op. 38, and the Scherzo, Op. 31. Other Chopin works on the program include the Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4; Mazurka in C major, Op. 24, No. 2; and the Nocturne in B-flat major, Op. 9, No. 1.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $18, $11 for students, and are available online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or at the box office.

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