Idil Biret, the Turkish pianist who has won renown for her interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, will perform a recital of Chopin, Ligeti, Liszt, and others in Sprague Hall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Ms. Biret is presented by the Horowitz Piano Series, directed by Boris Berman. Two transcriptions frame the evening, which opens with Brahms’s arrangement for the left hand of Bach’s Chaconne and concludes with Liszt’s transcription of the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The program will focus on the music of Chopin, including the Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Op. 22 as well as smaller works such as mazurkas and nocturnes. Biret will also play three etudes of György Ligeti and the Gondoliera and Tarentella movements from Liszt’s Venezia et Napoli, part of the Années de pèlerinage. Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students.
On Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 am, Ms. Biret will give a master class in Sprague Hall. She will work with three piano students from the Yale School of Music, coaching them in their interpretations. The master class is free and open to the public. MORE