Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, visiting faculty at Yale School of Music, performs Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Scriabin December 1

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination.”
– Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Hung-Kuan Chen in a recital on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Chen, who is a visiting professor of piano at the School of Music this year, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso… a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors.” His sense of color will be particularly apt for the Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire on his program: Chopin‘s Deux Nocturnes, Op. 62; Ravel‘s vivid, fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit; Scriabin‘s even more virtuosic Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53; and Liszt‘s masterful Sonata in B minor, S. 178.

The Scriabin sonata has been described as the most difficult piece in the piano repertory by no less an artist than Sviatoslav Richter. The epigraph to the piece reads, “I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!” MORE

Published November 5, 2010
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Special event offers music of Paul Hindemith before his Yale years

The Department of Music and the School of Music at Yale University present “Paul Hindemith: A Life before Yale,” a special concert of music for viola by Paul Hindemith on Tuesday, November 16 at 8 pm in Sudler Hall in W.L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall Street, New Haven). Hindemith, a violist and violinist as well as a composer and theorist, taught at Yale from 1940 to 1953. The concert, which celebrates the 115th anniversary of Hindemith’s birth, will focus on his music for viola, presenting four of his sonatas for solo viola as well as the Duet for Viola and Cello. The works on the program were written between 1919 and 1937.

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Published November 5, 2010
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