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Pianist Peter Frankl Performs Schubert Oct. 2

Concert features song cycle "Winterreise" with baritone Randall Scarlata
September 20, 2013

Peter Frankl

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its 2013–14 season with a recital by Peter Frankl on Wednesday, October 2. Frankl, a world-renowned pianist and a professor at the Yale School of Music, will perform solo works as well as a song cycle with acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata.

The concert will open with Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces), written only months before the composer’s death at age 31. The first, No. 1 in E-flat minor, is structured as variations on two themes. No. 2 in E-flat major, a lyrical piece, is the most often heard of the set. The shortest, No. 3 in C major, is lively piece full of syncopations.

The second half of the concert will feature Schubert’s timeless song cycle Winterreise, a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. The singer will be the baritone Randall Scarlata, hailed by the New York Times  as “an intelligent and communicative singer.” In the masterful song cycle, a wanderer sings about the beloved he has lost; his despair is reflected in his bleak surroundings, the unforgiving ice and wind.


This concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St. (corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets start at $12, $6 for students with current ID.



About the Performers

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 Kyung Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, 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.


Hailed for his warm, expressive sound, consummate musicianship and winning way with the audience, Randall Scarlata is firmly established as one of the most highly regarded musical interpreters of his generation. Mr. Scarlata has appeared as soloist with great orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Ulster Symphony, The National Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the American Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony, as well as the Early Music ensembles Wiener Akademie, Musica Angelica, and the Grand Tour Orchestra. Randall Scarlata’s awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the 1997 Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the 1997 Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the 1998 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received his undergraduate training at the Eastman School of Music, then received a Fulbright Grant to continue his studies in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik. He holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School and was also a member of the Juilliard Opera Center. Mr. Scarlata spent several formative summers studying under the great French baritone, Gérard Souzay.