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Peter Frankl continues his 75th birthday celebration with a recital of solo piano music by Beethoven and Bartók

January 18, 2011

Frankl’s recording of Bartók on ASV was CD Review’s Record of the Month

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Frankl will perform music of Beethoven and Bartók; his interpretations of both composers’ works have earned him wide praise. Like Bartók, Frankl is Hungarian, and his recording of Bartók’s music on the ASV label was named CD Review’s Record of the Month. In addition to Bartók’s Allegro barbaro, Three Burlesques, and Three Rondos, the program will include three Beethoven sonatas. The first half will include both sonatas from Op. 27, subtitled “Quasi una Fantasia”: the Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 27, no. 1, and the “Moonlight” Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2. The recital will conclude with Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

Frankl, who turns 75 this concert season, has been celebrating his birthday with a series of solo and ensemble performances. On April 23, he will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the undergraduate Yale Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada. He has been praised by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.”

Tickets range from $12 to $22, $7 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Peter Frankl

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, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Maazel, Muti, Salonen, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Peter Csaba, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takacs, Guarneri, Bartók, and Fine Arts 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, the Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets of Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis. Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music.