Faculty artists perform Yiddish cantata, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Schumann, de Falla

Soprano Janna Baty and friends perform multilingual program Oct. 9

The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl and soprano Janna Baty in a Faculty Artist Recital on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall. Along with faculty colleagues Ani Kavafian, violin; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Allan Dean, trumpet, they will perform vocal works of Beethoven, Schumann, Shostakovich, and more.

The concert will open with selections from Beethoven’s Folkslieder and Neue Folkslieder for voice, violin, cello, and piano. Next will be a rarely performed piece: Iván Fischer’s Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate: Die Stimmen der Geister for mezzo-soprano, trumpet, and piano. Fischer, widely known as a conductor, has recently gained fame for his daring production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. He wrote this cantata partly out of fear that without musical compositions, the Yiddish language “may be forgotten.”

The first half of the recital will close with Schumann’s beloved song cycle Frauenliebe und –leben (A Woman’s Life and Love), written as a wedding gift for the composer’s wife Clara.

The second half opens with Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, Op. 127, for voice, violin, cello, and piano. Gerard McBurney calls the piece “an extraordinarily intense sequence: sweet and deeply personal meditations about love, intimacy, friendship and the power of art.” Another collection of seven will conclude the concert: Siete canciones populares españolas by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. MORE

Published September 20, 2011
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Boris Berman opens Horowitz Piano Series Oct. 5

Program highlights Schumann and Brahms

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Internationally renowned concert pianist Boris Berman, artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series at Yale, opens the 2011–2012 season with a solo recital on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The recital will focus on music of German Romantic composers: Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms.

Berman, praised by the New York Times for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality,” will open his program with Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, no. 3. The first half will also include Schumann’s Three Romances, Op. 28, and Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 111.

The second half will be framed by late works of Brahms: first the Three Intermezzos, Op. 117, and the Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119.

Each half will intersperse a short work by Schoenberg, a twentieth-century composer who nevertheless considered himself within the Romantic tradition.

2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series

The 2011–2012 Horowitz Piano Series traverses a broad path through the core of the piano repertoire, with star performers such as Yefim Bronfman, artists drawn from the Yale School of Music’s faculty, a marathon of the complete Prokofiev sonatas, and a multimedia program featuring animations of Kandinsky’s visualizations of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Published September 19, 2011
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Linden Quartet concert at the Kennedy Center Apr. 27 will stream live

The Linden String Quartet – currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music – will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm. The concert will stream live on the Kennedy Center’s website.

The program, called Light and Dark, features Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842.

The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. The members of the Linden Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.

Published April 26, 2011
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Linden String Quartet plays Schumann & Ravel April 29

The Linden String Quartet will give a recital called Light and Dark on Friday, April 29, at 4 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (located at 53 Wall Street, New Haven). The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. Currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, the Linden’s members – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

This performance will feature Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842. The Linden Quartet will perform the third movement of the Schumann at the School of Music’s benefit concert for Japan on April 11.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. This performance is presented by the Yale School of Music and the Whitney Humanities Center. MORE

Published April 8, 2011
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RESCHEDULED: Pianist Boris Berman and violist Ettore Causa play Brahms and Schumann Mar. 26

Program features music written for wind instruments, adapted for viola

The Yale School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Recital by Ettore Causa, viola, and Boris Berman, piano, on Saturday, March 26, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The recital was originally scheduled for February 15 but had to be postponed.

The performers, who are both members of the School of Music faculty, will play music originally written for other combinations of instruments – piano and oboe, or piano and clarinet – and adapted here for the viola.

The program will open with Schumann’s Three Romances, Op. 94, originally written for oboe and piano. The second half also opens with Schumann: the Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73, originally written for clarinet. The centerpiece of the evening will be the two Brahms sonatas for clarinet and piano. Unlike the Schumann pieces, these are often played by violists. The Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1, will conclude the first half, and the Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2, will close the concert.

Admission to the performance is free.

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Published March 9, 2011
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Star piano quartet OPUS ONE gives East Coast premiere of a Lowell Liebermann piece, plus music of Mozart and Schumann

“The technical mastery of a solo recital with with the exuberance of a jam session.”
– Post Gazette

The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents OPUS ONE in a recital on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College
Street, New Haven). The distinguished piano quartet has garnered widespread acclaim since its debut twelve years ago. Its members, who have all built high-profile careers of their own, are Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello. Kavafian is the sister of violinist Ani Kavafian, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

The concert will open with Mozart’s beloved Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, K. 478. Next will be the East Coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s new Quartet for Piano and Strings, which the ensemble premiered this past August. “It was an incredibly beautiful piece, and well received,” wrote the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The evening will conclude with Schumann’s masterful Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 44.

Of one performance, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote: “Opus One sang and soared, trilled and thrilled. Its sense of musical coordination was confident, its grasp of artistic subtleties, strong…. there was a keen sense of teamwork and mutual support.”

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Published November 17, 2010
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Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze join together in an evening of Schumann piano duos October 13

First Horowitz Series concert of the season celebrates the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Boris Berman and Eteri Andjaparidze playing piano duos of Robert Schumann on Wednesday, October 13 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Berman, coordinator of the piano department and artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, has been praised for his “poetical refinement and intense musicality” (New York Times). The Boston Globe has called Andjaparidze, who hails from the Republic of Georgia, “a phenomenal pianist.”

The duo will play music both for piano four hands and for two pianos, including the Andante and Variations for Two Pianos in B flat Major, Op. 46 (1843) and Pictures from the East for piano four hands, Op. 66 (1849). Schumann was a master of miniature forms, and the program will include character pieces and dances selected from Eight Polonaises (1828), Twelve Pieces for Children Big and Small, Op. 85 (1850), Children’s Ball, Op. 130 (1853), and Ball Scenes, Op. 109 (1851).

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Published September 24, 2010
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Online Schumann exhibit launches

On June 8, the Gilmore Music Library celebrated Robert Schumann’s 200th birthday with the installation of an exhibit designed by Richard Boursy and entitled Robert Schumann: Composer, Critic, and Correspondent.

A central figure in the romantic movement in Germany, Schumann (1810–1856) concentrated on piano music in the early phase of his career, and eventually came to excel in genres ranging from the song to the symphony.

Perhaps the most important music journalist of his era, Schumann edited the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and wrote reviews heralding the genius of the 21-year-old Chopin and the 20-year-old Johannes Brahms. Clara Wieck Schumann (1819–1896), Robert’s wife, was one of the greatest pianists of the century, and a notable composer as well.

This week the exhibit’s online version makes its debut. Click HERE to view. MORE

Published July 12, 2010
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Peter Frankl offers a recital of Chopin and Schumann to honor the bicentennial year of the two Romantic composers

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The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the internationally-renowned pianist Peter Frankl in a recital of Chopin and Schumann on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Both Chopin and Schumann were born in 1810, and this recital honors the bicentennial of both composers. The two musicians admired each other’s works and met on at least one occasion. Chopin dedicated one of his Ballades to his colleague; Schumann, a music critic as well as composer, proclaimed in a famous review of Chopin: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius.”

Frankl, a professor at the Yale School of Music since 1987, has been hailed by the press as a “beguiling colorist” and “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” He will perform Chopin’s Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, no 1; Four Impromptus; Four Mazurkas, Op. 33; and the Scherzo No. 1 in B minor; and Schumann’s Fantaisiestucke, Op. 12, and Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Scenes from Vienna), Op. 26.

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Published January 27, 2010
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Pianists Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang pair up in Schumann and Debussy program

Fascinating December 16 concert includes music by Schumann arranged by Debussy, and music by Debussy arranged by Ravel

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The Horowitz Piano Series at Yale presents Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang, both professors of piano at the Yale School of Music, in a program of piano duets on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8 pm. The program features music by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy for two pianos and piano four hands, and includes performances by other faculty and alumni guest artists. Frankl has recorded the complete piano works of both composers for the Vox label.

In the program selections by Peter Frankl and Wei-Yi Yang, the connection between the two featured composers is illustrated by Debussy’s arrangement for two pianos of Schumann’s Six Etudes in Canonic Form, Op. 56, while the theme of one great composer arranging the music of another is continued with three masterpieces by Debussy arranged by his younger countryman, Maurice Ravel. The duo will perform Ravel’s arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) for piano four hands and the Petite Suite and Nocturnes, arranged for two pianos. Two pieces by Schumann complete the program, Bilder aus osten (Pictures from the East), Op. 66, and Andante and Variations, Op. 46, for two pianos, two cellos, and horn, with guest artists William Purvis, horn, and cellists Mihai Marica and Jacques Wood. MORE

Published November 25, 2009
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