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Release: Sept. 1, 2000
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Pianist Uriel Tsachor will play solo recital at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Uriel Tsachor from the
University of Iowa School of Music will perform a free faculty solo recital
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Tsachor is recognized as a thoughtful pianist, known
for exploring unfamiliar corners of the classical repertoire and frequently
performing little-known versions of works that are otherwise very familiar.
The Sept. 16 program follows this trend, although without any surprise revelations.
Featuring four very well known composers, it avoids their very best known
works to present pieces that have been under-represented in the repertoire.
For example, Tsachor is playing music by Franz Liszt,
who has given the classical music world some of its greatest war horses. Instead
of playing one of the more popular, over-exposed Liszt compositions, however,
he is playing the Ballade No. 2 in B minor, a virtuoso showpiece of great
technical and expressive demands.
In a similar vein, Tsachor will open the program with
one of the less familiar piano sonatas of Franz Schubert, the Sonata in A
major, D. 664. Written in the middle of Schuberts relatively brief career,
it was not published until 1829, a year after the composers death. In
the current repertoire, it has been completely overshadowed by the more frequently
performed sonatas from the final years of Schuberts life.
By Maurice Ravel, Tsachor has chosen three works that
are individually popular, but not usually grouped together: "Jeaux dEau,"
(Fountains); "Pavanne pour une infante defunte" (Pavanne for a dead
princess), which is best known in its later version as an orchestral piece;
and "Ondine," usually performed as part of the suite "Gaspard
de la nuit."
And finally, Tsachor will play Robert Schumanns
relatively unfamiliar "Faschingsswank aus Wien" (Carnival games
from Vienna), a set of capricious and joyful pieces written in 1839-40, after
the composer visited the Austrian capital.
Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music
in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was a winner of the Bosendorfer
Empire International Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985,
and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. He is a graduate
of the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Juilliard School in New
York. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago,
Vienna, Paris and other cities around the world.
Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic
by invitation from Zubin Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New
York City Symphony, the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National
Orchestra of Belgium, among others. He has performed both live and in recordings
for radio and television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States,
and he has made 18 recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC,
DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels. In November 1999 the Paris-based label CALLIOPE
released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements
by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.
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