Inside YSM: Vyacheslav Gryaznov ’18AD, piano

Vyacheslav Gryaznov ’18 AD

On Friday, February 24, 2017, pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov ’18AD performed Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with conducting fellow David Yi and the Yale Philharmonia. Asked about his approach to playing Shostakovich’s music, Slava said, “I love music by Shostakovich — his symphonies, ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,’ his ballets, chamber music, experimental opuses like the ‘Aphorisms’ … A lot of his pieces contain not only powerful feelings but also encrypted messages. It was the only possible way to express what he really thought. He lived in a Soviet era when a lot of people felt imprisoned, both in a moral and often in the real physical sense. Shostakovich was under a pressure which we cannot imagine. It is often understood as a restriction on his artistic freedom. But in fact this pressure, among other factors, created his unique musical individuality: this combination of being wildly against the system with a lot of extremes, but with such a huge humanity, real passion, and tenderness at the same time.”

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Published March 24, 2017
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Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio performs Nov. 5

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The Yale School of Music presents the illustrious Finckel-Han-Setzer Trio on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The ensemble will perform trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák. A recent review of the trio performing this same program raved,

With such player pedigrees, you’d expect outstanding performances, each vividly brought to life, and that’s just what you got. The group capitalized on opportunities for jokes, surprises, mimicry, sentiment and broad-scaled vitality.

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Published October 4, 2013
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Yale Philharmonia performs with guest conductor Peter Oundjian Oct. 19

Concert also features pianist Suzana Bartal in Bartók’s Third Concerto

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 19, 2012.Pianist Suzana Bartal ’13MM, a winner of this year’s Woolsey Competition, is the featured soloist. The concert, which includes music by Verdi, Bartók, and Shostakovich, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall.

Oundjian, the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty and the principal guest conductor of the Yale Philharmonia.

Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino will open the program. Bartal is the soloist in Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, a piece written as a surprise birthday present for the composer’s wife.

The second half of the concert features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 in D minor. Subtitled “The Year 1917” and dedicated to Lenin, the symphony reveals Shostakovich’s complex give-and-take relationship with the Soviet authorities.

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Published October 8, 2012
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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.

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Published September 20, 2011
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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Widmann

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with violinist David Radzynski, clarinetist Wai Lau, and pianist Kuok-Wai Lio; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, performed by violinist Soo Ryun Baek, cellist Arnold Choi, and pianist Joo Hyeon Park; Jorg Widmann’s Fünf Bruchstücke, with clarinetist Ashley Smith and pianist Aura Go; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, performed by violinists Joo Hye Lim and Edward Tan, violist Timothy LaCrosse, cellist James Kim, and Lindsay Garritson, piano.

The recital will stream live. Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published November 22, 2010
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Vista program offers a fresh look at chamber music by Shostakovich, Piazzolla, and Brahms

vistaThe Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 pm in Sprague Hall. Part of the School of Music’s renowned chamber music program, Vista features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty. Each ensemble not only performs but also offers insight into the music through spoken commentary. Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

This Vista program will offer music by Shostakovich, Piazzolla, and Brahms. Dariya Nikolenko, flute, and Yun-Chu Candy Chiu, marimba, will play Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Igor Pikayzen, violin; Kyung-Mi Anna Preuss, cello; and David Fung, piano, will present Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. The third ensemble – Anastasia Metla, violin; Mathilde Geismar Roussel, viola; Mo Mo, cello: and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, piano – will perform the Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60.

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Published February 12, 2010
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