P ETER FRA N KL horowitz piano series
december 12, 2012 Morse Recital Hall 路 Wednesday at 8 pm 路 Music by Schubert and Debussy
Robert Blocker, Dean
p eter f ra nkl , p ia n o December 12, 2012 • Sprague Memorial Hall
Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Sonata No. 9 in B major, D. 575 I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Andante III. Scherzo: Allegretto IV. Allegro giusto
Sonata in A minor, “Arpeggione,” D. 821 for viola and piano I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio III. Allegretto Ettore Causa, viola
horow itz p ia no s eries Boris Berman, Artistic Director
Claude Debussy 1862–1918
Images I Reflets dans l’eau Hommage à Rameau Mouvement
Images II Cloches à travers les feuilles Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut Poissons d’or
Estampes Pagodes La soirée dans Grenade Jardins sous la pluie
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About the Artists
In the United States, Peter Frankl has been a regular guest artist at festivals including Aspen, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Yellow Barn. For many years the Frankl-Pauk-Kirshbaum Trio traveled the world. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Peter Csaba, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, Bartók, Fine Arts, and Lindsay quartets. He has given master classes all over the world, including the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Van Cliburn Institute in Texas, and in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and his world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kumho, and Casals Festivals.
Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, a Hungarian anthology, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, the Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas, the Brahms trios, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets by Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányi’s. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music. He is an honorary professor of the Liszt Academy and has been on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987.
About the Artists
A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa was a member of the Aria Quartet from 2004 to 2009 and currently plays in the Poseidon Quartet. He has frequently been invited to prestigious chamber music festivals, where he has performed with internationally renowned musicians such as the Tokyo String Quartet, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Thomas Adès, Natalie Clein, Ana Chumachenco, Alberto and Antonio Lysy, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett, and others.
Italian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the J. Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000. He has since made solo and recital appearances in many of the major venues around the world, including Victoria Hall (Geneva), Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Barcelona Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Tokyo Symphony Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, and MSM Auditorium (New York). In addition, he has performed at numerous international festivals such as the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad), Festival de Estoril (Portugal), Salzburg Festival, Festival del Pontino (Italy), Tivoli Festival (Copenhagen), Festival of Perth (Australia), Prussia Cove (England), Savonlinna (Finland), Norfolk (Connecticut), and Lanaudière (Canada).
Mr. Causa studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree. Upon completing his studies, he was appointed first solo viola of the Carl Nielsen Philharmonic in Odense (Denmark) as well as Leader of the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists. His first recording, featuring transcriptions of romantic music for viola and piano, was released in 2006 on the Claves record label. It garnered overwhelming success and was crowned with the 5 Diapasons. His newest recording of the Brahms viola sonatas has been highly praised by critics worldwide. Mr. Causa taught both viola and chamber music for many years at the International Menuhin Music Academy, and joined the the Yale School of Music faculty in September 2009. He performs on a viola made for him by Frédéric Chaudière in 2003.
Upcoming Piano Events
Radu Lupu, piano
Melvin Chen, piano
january 17 Morse Recital Hall | Thu | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; Schubert: Four Impromptus, Op. 142; Debussy: Préludes, Book II. Tickets $20–$30, Students $10–$15
march 27 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126; music by Joan Tower; and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets $12–$22, Students $6–$9
Emanuel Ax, piano
Ekaterina Derzhavina, piano
february 6 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op. 2, No. 2, and Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”; Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces; Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor. Tickets $20–$30, Students $10–$15
march 28 whc, 58 Wall Street | Thu | 8 pm Special Events Berg: Sonata, Op. 1; Haydn: Variations in A major, Hob. XVII:2; Messiaen: selections from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus; Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 142. Free Admission
Paul Lewis, piano
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march 6 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Paul Lewis, “arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation” (Gramophone), performs Schubert’s last three sonatas, D. 958–960. Tickets $12–$22, Students $6–$9
Guitar Chamber Music
Tokyo String Quartet
december 13 Morse Recital Hall | Thu | 8 pm Student Ensembles Benjamin Verdery, director. Music by Giuliani, Takemitsu, Villa-Lobos, and more. Free Admission
january 22 Morse Recital Hall | Tue | 8 pm Oneppo Chamber Music Series Music by Haydn, Bartók & Mendelssohn. Tickets $30–$40, Students $20 ˇ Piano Quartets Mozart & Dvorák
Doug Fisk, composition december 20 Morse Recital Hall | Thu | 8 pm Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Free Admission
january 23 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm Faculty Artist Series Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Peter Frankl, piano. Free Admission
Wendy Sharp & Friends january 20 Morse Recital Hall | Sun | 4 pm Faculty Artist Series Music by Mozart and Honegger. With Marka Gustavsson, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello; and Melvin Chen, piano. Free Admission
Mozart’s Birthday january 27 Weill Recital Hall | Sun | 7:30 pm Yale in New York Music by Mozart and his musical friends, including Bach, Beethoven, and Kernis. Free Admission
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Robert Blocker, Dean