The Yale School of Music’s Horowitz Piano Series presents the pianist Boris Berman in recital on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm. Berman, hailed as "a Beethoven interpreter on the highest level of achievement" by the Daily Telegraph, will play music by Beethoven as well as by Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
The first half of the program focuses on Beethoven, opening with the Variations in F major, Op. 34, followed by the Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35. The latter set is often called the "Eroica" Variations, since Beethoven wrote variations on the same theme for the finale of his Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," the following year.
After intermission, the Russian-born pianist will play pieces by Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Stravinky's Serenade in A, written in 1925, plays with 18th-century conventions in its neo-Classical style.
The concert concludes with two virtuosic Prokofiev pieces: the Sonata No. 5 in C major, written in 1923 and later revised; and the masterful Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83. Written in 1942, in the middle of World War II, the Seventh Sonata is viewed by some as an outlet for Prokofiev's bitterness toward Stalin's reign.
Hear Boris Berman play Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7: LISTEN
The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. Tickets start at $13, students $7, and are available from the Yale School of Music box office (located in Sprague Hall), by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. BUY TICKETS
For more information, the public should visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
About Boris Berman
Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents and regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. A Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include a Shostakovich disc (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award, and a recording of Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chandos), which was a CD Review Disc of the Month. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is a professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series. In 2005 he was named an honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Yale University Press has published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench (2000), which has been translated into several languages, and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer (2008). Berman is the editor of the new critical edition of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas (Shanghai Music Publishing House).