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Release: Sept. 1, 2000

(BROADCASTERS: Uriel Tsachor is pronounced OO-ree-ELL tsah-KOR.)

Pianist Uriel Tsachor will play solo recital at UI Sept. 16

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 Schubert’s relatively brief career, it was not published until 1829, a year after the composer’s death. In the current repertoire, it has been completely overshadowed by the more frequently performed sonatas from the final years of Schubert’s life.

By Maurice Ravel, Tsachor has chosen three works that are individually popular, but not usually grouped together: "Jeaux d’Eau," (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 Schumann’s 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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