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Peter Frankl plays recital of Beethoven and Schumann Jan. 14

Frankl will dedicate his recital to the memory of fellow pianist Claude Frank
January 6, 2015
Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Yale School of Music’s Horowitz Piano Series presents the pianist Peter Frankl in recital on Wednesday, January 14. Frankl will play music by Beethoven and Schumann written in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Frankl will dedicate his recital to the memory of Claude Frank, who was a member of the School of Music’s piano faculty 1964–2006 and who passed away in December.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26, written 1800–1801. Frankl will then play Schumann’s Humoreske, Op. 20, composed in 1839. Just after completing the piece, Schumann wrote to his future wife, Clara Wieck: “All week I’ve been sitting at the piano and composing and writing and laughing and crying, all at the same time. You will find this beautifully illustrated in… the great Humoreske.”

The second half of the program opens with Schumann’s Waldszenen (forest scenes). The piece depicts nine scenes,  including hunters on the lookout, a haunted place, prophetic birds, and a wayside inn. Frankl concludes the evening with Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 81A, known as “Les Adieux.” Written in 1809–10, its three movements are titled “Lebewohl” (or “Adieu”), “Abwesenheit,” and “Wiedersehen”: The Farewell, The Absence, and The Return.

The concert takes place at 7:30 pm 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

The recital will also stream live on the School of Music’s website.

About Peter Frankl

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 eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and his world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kumho, and Casals Festivals.

In recognition of his artistic achievements, 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. He is an honorary professor of the Liszt Academy and has been on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987. FACULTY PROFILE


Peter Frankl’s concert on the 14th was exquisite and delightful from beginning to end. Our deepest thankss.

January 15th, 2015 | Richard Knapp