Yves Henry performs on historical pianos at the Collection Oct. 28

“Smooth virtuosity… a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”
–The New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the New Haven debut of French pianist Yves Henry on Sunday, October 28. The recital will explore the musical colors of pieces by Chopin and Debussy on two of the Collection’s French pianos.

Mr. Henry will perform music of Chopin on the Pleyel grand piano (1842), and music of Debussy on the Érard grand (1881). The pianist Madeleine Forte has said, “There is an ease on the Érard and Pleyel, the French pianos, it flows… You have more lightness, you have more clarity of sound.”

Mr. Henry, who is noted for his performances on historical instruments, has been praised by the New York Times for “not only the smooth virtuosity we associate with French pianism at its best but also a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”

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Published October 10, 2012
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Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp and pianist Joel Wizansky

Concert features music from Dvorak to Schnittke to Corigliano

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by Wendy Sharp, violin, and Joel Wizansky, piano on Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm. The event is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in concerts that are free and open to the public.

Music on the concert ranges from the Romantic period to today. The program opens with Alfred Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style for violin and piano, incorporating pieces from the composer’s various film scores. Though written in the twentieth century, its baroque style marks an artistic shift in Schnittke’s career that was largely influenced by Shostakovich.

In writing his piece Once, Chris Rogerson ’11MM was inspired by the images of childhood summers from Meghan O’Rouke’s The Long Goodbye. Each movement is based on a specific passage from the memoir.

The second half opens with Anton Dvorak’s “Songs my Mother Taught Me,” the most famous of the seven Gypsy Songs, all of which are set to poems by Adolf Heydul. Then comes John Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie, a sweet melody written for the daughter of world-renowned violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers.

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Published October 10, 2012
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