Concert features complete Brahms piano quartets April 2

The Yale School of Music presents a performance of the complete Brahms quartets for piano and strings on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Pianist Boris Berman, guest violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with the Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26, followed by the Quartet No. 3 in C minor. In the A major quartet, the serene main theme is initiated by the piano alone and is then echoed by the strings, establishing the dichotomy of keyboard against strings. The C minor quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly tranquil third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The night will conclude with Brahms’s tempestuous Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 60. This piece was the first chamber work of Brahms’ that the composer played in public.

The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin. The performance begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Tickets are $20–$30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

MORE

Published March 22, 2013
Share This Comments

Clive Greensmith & Wei-Yi Yang perform Mendelssohn duets Apr. 19

Featuring the historical Erard piano in the Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Wei-Yi Yang in a concert featuring music of Mendelssohn on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The program will take place at 8 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Greensmith and Yang will perform duets by Felix Mendelssohn for cello and piano: the two Cello Sonatas – No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 45, and No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 – as well as the Variations concertantes, Op. 17, and the Song Without Words in D major, Op. 109.

Yang, whose performances have been described by critics as “sensational” (New York Times) and “a joy to behold” (Classics Today), will play the Collection’s Erard grand piano, made in France in 1884. Greensmith, the cellist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, also enjoys international acclaim as a soloist.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published April 4, 2012
Share This Comments

Faculty artists perform Brahms chamber music Jan. 31

Concert features Boris Berman, Ettore Causa, Clive Greensmith, & more

The Yale School of Music presents four prestigious performers in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, January 31. Pianist Boris Berman, violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (pictured at left, best known as part of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.

The concert will open with two Brahms trios: the Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40, and the Trio in A minor, Op. 114. The first trio was originally written for violin, horn, and piano, and here will be performed with viola instead of horn. The second piece, originally for clarinet, cello, and piano, will be performed in the version featuring violin instead of clarinet.

All four performers will come together to conclude the concert with Brahms’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. The quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly serene third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published January 10, 2012
Share This Comments

Faculty Artists perform the two piano trios of Franz Schubert November 2

Franz Schubert

The Yale School of Music presents three celebrated musicians – Peter Frankl, Martin Beaver, and Clive Greensmith – in an evening of Schubert’s piano trios on Tuesday, November 2 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). Violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith are both members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at the School of Music. The concert pianist Peter Frankl, a long-time member of the Yale School of Music faculty, has played chamber music with musicians such as Kyung Wha Chung and András Schiff.

The ensemble will play Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 99 and Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 100. This performance is part of the Chamber Music Society at Yale, which is under the artistic direction of David Shifrin.

This season Peter Frankl celebrates his 75th birthday with four appearances at Yale, including this Schubert performance, concerto appearances with both the Yale Philharmonia and the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and a solo recital.

Tickets to the concert are $20–$30, $15 with student ID. The Yale School of Music now also offers Pick 3 or Pick 5 sampler packages with discounts of up to 20% off single ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

The concert will be streamed live at music.yale.edu/media.

MORE

Published October 18, 2010
Share This Comments