Emanuel Ax plays Schubert in Feb. 23 recital

“His pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous.”
– Washington Post

Music lovers all over the world celebrated Franz Schubert’s birthday on January 31. On Wednesday, February 23, music lovers in Connecticut can celebrate again when the renowned pianist Emanuel Ax gives an all-Schubert recital presented by the Yale School of Music. The event, which is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

The recital will open with Schubert’s Impromptus, Op. 142, a group of four pieces that Schumann once accused of being a sonata in disguise. Ax will then play the Sonata in A major, Op. 120, D. 664, a sunny and relatively youthful work known as the “little” sonata to distinguish it from another that Schubert wrote in the same key.

Ax will contrast this early work against the masterful Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, which closes the program. The last piano sonata Schubert wrote, it was only published ten years after his death and was long neglected before being widely recognized as a major piece of the piano repertoire.

The pianist recently gave a series of three recitals at Lincoln Center focused on the music of Schubert. “One of Ax’s great strengths as a performer,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle, “is his ability to blend tenderness and muscle in a single amalgam.” Writes David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The more he increases tension, the more intently you listen – and perceive the profundity.” MORE

Published February 3, 2011
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Soprano Janna Baty performs music from Rossini to Rands

Baty joined by guest artists Daniel Hobbs, piano, and Sarita Kwok, violin


The Yale School of Music presents a recital by soprano Janna Baty on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Baty has been praised by the London Financial Times for her “eloquent dignity and vibrant tone” and by the Boston Herald for her “voice brimming with richness and confidence.” In this performance, part of the School’s Faculty Artist Series, she will perform with pianist Daniel Hobbs and violinist Sarita Kwok.

The program incorporates a broad range of music, beginning with Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) and continuing with Debussy’s Proses Lyriques, a set of four songs on the composer’s own symbolist poetry. Baty, a frequent performer of new music, will sing Memo 7 by the composer Bernard Rands (a YSM alum), with whom she has worked in the past. The program continues with Samuel Barber’s Four Songs, Op. 13: “Nocturne,” “Monks and Raisins,” “Sure on this Shining Night,” and “I Hear an Army.” The evening will conclude with Villa-Lobos’s Suite para canto e violino, a collection of three songs for voice and violin. MORE

Published December 14, 2010
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