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Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

November 29, 2012

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit music.yale.edu/concerts or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old”

A short lecture and master class on early clarinets, with a focus on the ways in which early instrument performance often illuminate the radical nature of older works, making them more understandable within their historical context.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, first floor east gallery

Piano Master Class with Robert Levin

W.A. Mozart: Sonata No. 15 in F major, K. 533/494
Rachel Cheung

W.A. Mozart: Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Euntaek Kim

J. S. Bach: Partita in Bb major, BWV 825
Jun Luke Foster

When: Monday, December 3, 4–6 pm
Where: Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 408 (Parker Recital Hall)

Clarinet Master Class with Charles Neidich

Program and performs to be announced.

When: Monday, December 3, 4–6 pm
Where: Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 402

About the Artists


Hailed by the New Yorker as “a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist,” Charles Neidich regularly appears as soloist and as collaborator in chamber music with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Deutsches Philharmonic, along with the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American String Quartets and many others. Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice, he has performed his restoration of the Mozart Concerto throughout the world both on modern and period instruments.

One of America’s leading keyboard artists, Robert Levin is equally at home at the harpsichord, the fortepiano, and the modern piano as a recitalist, concerto performer, and chamber musician. He is also recognized as an authoritative scholar on the Classical and Baroque periods. Robert Levin is best known as a Mozart pianist and scholar. He has written cadenzas to many of the master’s concertos (including the piano, violin, and horn concertos); he has published embellishments of Mozart solo parts; and he has written several reconstructions and completions of Mozart works. His completion of Mozart’s Requiem won wide critical acclaim after its premiere by Helmuth Rilling at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart in August 1991. He has published many scholarly studies, with a special concentration on performance practice.

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

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