Yale Brass Trio plays Renaissance and contemporary music Feb. 22

The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital by the Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, February 22, at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the trio, who all serve on the Yale School of Music faculty, are Allan Dean, trumpet; William Purvis, horn; and Scott Hartman, trombone. They will be joined by guest pianist Mihae Lee.

The trio will play music from the sixteenth century to today, featuring composers as diverse as the Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem and the contemporary brass composer Anthony Plog, who will be present to hear his own Trio for Brass.

The program will open with music from the sixteenth century by Ockeghem and Loyset Compère and will jump to the twentieth century for Plog’s trio. In memory of the  modernist composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away this January, William Purvis will play Babbitt’s French horn solo Around the Horn. The other members of the trio will also play solos of their own: trumpeter Allan Dean will perform a set of solo variations by the Renaissance composer Jacob van Eyck, and Scott Hartman will play Enrique Crespo’s Improvisation No. 1 for solo trombone. Guest pianist Mihae Lee, whom the Boston Globe has called “simply dazzling,” will join the ensemble for Pierre Gabaye’s Recréation for brass trio and piano. MORE

Published February 10, 2011
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Elena Sorokina to lecture on Russian piano culture

The piano department of the Yale School of Music presents a lecture by Elena Sorokina on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Sorokina, the head of the department of Russian music history at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, will speak on Russian Piano Culture during the Silver Age (1890-1910).

The event will take place Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 4 pm in Sudler Recital Hall (located in WL Harkness Hall, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

About Elena Sorokina

Elena Sorokina is a Russian pianist, teacher, historian, and musicologist. She studied music theory, composition, and piano at the Moscow Conservatory, and followed with postgraduate study at the Department of History of Russian and Soviet Music. She received a doctorate in art criticism from the Moscow Conservatory in 1990. MORE

Published February 10, 2011
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Hando Nahkur ’06CERT, ’08MMA releases new CD to acclaim

Hando Nahkur’s new CD, DeusExClavier, has been named a “Record of the Year” by Zeit-Online, the internet version of Germany’s largest weekly newspaper: “Hando Nahkur is one of the greatest new surprises of the classical music scene… With this CD he establishes himself amongst the greatest pianists….” This was the only piano CD chosen by the website in 2010.

Germany’s Piano News has also reviewed the CD favorably: “The ‘official’ culmination of the record is Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. Nahkur’s interpretation rightfully holds its own even against the legendary versions by Wilhelm Kempff or Martha Argerich.” A full English translation of the review is available on Nahkur’s website. DeusExClavier was released in 2010 by Estonian Record Productions. MORE

Published February 10, 2011
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