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Pianists Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang pair up in Schumann and Debussy program

November 25, 2009

Fascinating December 16 concert includes music by Schumann arranged by Debussy, and music by Debussy arranged by Ravel


The Horowitz Piano Series at Yale presents Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang, both professors of piano at the Yale School of Music, in a program of piano duets on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8 pm. The program features music by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy for two pianos and piano four hands, and includes performances by other faculty and alumni guest artists. Frankl has recorded the complete piano works of both composers for the Vox label.

In the program selections by Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang, the connection between the two featured composers is illustrated by Debussy’s arrangement for two pianos of Schumann’s Six Etudes in Canonic Form, Op. 56, while the theme of one great composer arranging the music of another is continued with three masterpieces by Debussy arranged by his younger countryman, Maurice Ravel. The duo will perform Ravel’s arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) for piano four hands and the Petite Suite and Nocturnes, arranged for two pianos. Two pieces by Schumann complete the program, Bilder aus osten (Pictures from the East), Op. 66, and Andante and Variations, Op. 46, for two pianos, two cellos, and horn, with guest artists William Purvis, horn, and cellists Mihai Marica and Jacques Wood.

Tickets are $11-$20, $6 for students. Boris Berman is the artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, whose concerts takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158. WSHU Public Radio is the media sponsor of the Horowitz Piano Series at Yale.

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, and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and has played chamber music with 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, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets by Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. Mr. Frankl has taught at the Yale School of Music since 1987.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang has concertized on four continents. A Gold medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Royal Dublin Society, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yang has performed with members of some of the world’s finest ensembles, including orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, London, Sao Paulo, and Singapore. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang was first educated in England, then at the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded a doctorate by Yale in 2004. Mr. Yang’s recent festival appearances include Novi Sad (Serbia), Monterrey (Mexico), Kotor (Montenegro), Norfolk (Connecticut), Napa Valley and La Jolla (California). Wei-Yi Yang joined the Yale faculty in 2005.