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Faculty artists perform Yiddish cantata, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Schumann, de Falla

September 20, 2011

Soprano Janna Baty and friends perform multilingual program Oct. 9

The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl and soprano Janna Baty in a Faculty Artist Recital on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall. Along with faculty colleagues Ani Kavafian, violin; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Allan Dean, trumpet, they will perform vocal works of Beethoven, Schumann, Shostakovich, and more.

The concert will open with selections from Beethoven’s Folkslieder and Neue Folkslieder for voice, violin, cello, and piano. Next will be a rarely performed piece: Iván Fischer’s Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate: Die Stimmen der Geister for mezzo-soprano, trumpet, and piano. Fischer, widely known as a conductor, has recently gained fame for his daring production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. He wrote this cantata partly out of fear that without musical compositions, the Yiddish language “may be forgotten.”

The first half of the recital will close with Schumann’s beloved song cycle Frauenliebe und –leben (A Woman’s Life and Love), written as a wedding gift for the composer’s wife Clara.

The second half opens with Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, Op. 127, for voice, violin, cello, and piano. Gerard McBurney calls the piece “an extraordinarily intense sequence: sweet and deeply personal meditations about love, intimacy, friendship and the power of art.” Another collection of seven will conclude the concert: Siete canciones populares españolas by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.


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, and Solti. His many chamber music partners have included the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, and Fine Arts quartets. Among his many recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, 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.

Janna Baty, soprano, has garnered international accolades in her exceptionally versatile career. Recent engagements include appearances with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Boston Lyric Opera. She appears regularly with such  contemporary ensembles as Collage New Music and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has sung under Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano, among many others. Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition (Chile), Baty has given concerts across Europe, the U.S., and South America, with such musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. She has worked alongside composers including Bernard Rands, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison. Baty can be heard on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Naxos disc of works by Reza Vali. She is an alumna of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music, and is currently Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Voice at the Yale School of Music.

Professor in the Practice of Violin since 2006, Ani Kavafian has enjoyed a career as soloist with major orchestras, chamber musician, and recitalist. She is also in great demand as a teacher, having taught at Mannes and Manhattan schools of music, Queens College, McGill, and Stony Brook universities. Ms. Kavafian has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras. Along with her sister, Ida, she has appeared around the country in recital as well as soloists with orchestras. As an artist of the Chamber Music Society since 1979, Ani Kavafian is also a member of Trio da Salo and is a founding member of The Triton Horn Trio with William Purvis and Mihae Lee. A 1979 recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, she has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Recently, Ms. Kavafian and Kenneth Cooper released a live recording of Bach’s Six Sonatas on the Kleos Classics label. In 2007, a recording of Mozart Piano and Violin Sonatas with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio was released by Artek.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “technical solidity, perfect intonation, and large edgeless tone of buttered-rum quality,” German cellist Ole Akahoshi has concertized on four continents in recitals and as soloist with orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Yehudi Menuhin and Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. He has won numerous competitions and is a recipient of the fellowship award from Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi. Mr. Akahoshi’s performances have been featured on CNN, NPR, WQXR, Korean Broadcasting, and all the major German stations. He has recorded for the Albany, New World, CRI, Calliope, Bridge, Sanga, and Naxos labels; his most recent releases include the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham. At age eleven, Ole Akahoshi was the youngest student to be accepted by Pierre Fournier. He received a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard and a master’s degree from Yale, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, as well as an artist diploma from Indiana University under János Starker. Ole Akahoshi is the principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists and a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music.

Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale University School of Music and currently performs with Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass and the Yale Brass Trio. He was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and freelanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years. At Yale, Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet. Allan Dean performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He has also appeared at the Spoleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil), and the Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels.
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