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Release: Jan. 18, 2002

Photo: A faculty trio from the University of Iowa School of Music -- Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Uriel Tsachor, piano ; and Anthony Arnone, cello -- rehearsing for their performances of the complete cycle of piano trios by Beethoven, to be presented in a series of three concerts, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; Saturday, Feb. 9; and Friday, Feb. 22, in Clapp Recital Hall. Click here to view a high-resolution version of this image.

Faculty Trio Will Present Complete Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle

Three faculty members from the University of Iowa School of Music -- Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Anthony Arnone, cello; and Uriel Tsachor, piano -- will perform the complete cycle of piano trios by Beethoven in a series of three concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; Saturday, Feb. 9; and Friday, Feb. 22. All three concerts will be in Clapp Recital Hall and will be free and open to the public.

"To our knowledge, this will be the first time the complete set of Beethoven's trios has been performed at the UI," Tsachor said. "It will also be the first complete cycle for each of us. We have all played individual Beethoven trios before, but none of us have done all of them."

Beethoven's works are considered one of classical music's greatest legacies. Complete cycles of his works are often presented in the world's major concert halls or in recordings, as a mark of achievement by the performers. They are also very popular with audiences, who relish the opportunity to experience an important contribution to musical history.

At the UI, former faculty pianist Daniel Shapiro presented the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in 1995, and the Emerson String Quartet played parts of their complete Beethoven string quartet cycle on concerts presented by Hancher Auditorium in 1998.

The trios will represent the second campus cycle of Beethoven works for Vogel, who performed the complete sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Ulrich Hofmann during the
1999-2000 season, including performances at the UI and on tour in the United States and Germany.

"We feel proud of being able to present these great works as a cycle," Tsachor said. "It really changes how you understand these pieces to play them, or to hear them, together. It really shows Beethoven's innovation, and the character of each piece, when you hear them next to the others.

"This process is unique -- you can only hear these pieces this way within a cycle."

The piano trios span most of Beethoven's professional life, from his very first publication, a set of three trios published as op. 1 in 1795, to the popular "Kakadu" Variations, op. 121a, published in 1824. Altogether, Beethoven wrote nine works for piano trio that were published during his lifetime: the Three Trios, op.1; Trio in B-flat major, op. 11, from 1798; Variations on an Original Theme, op. 44, from 1804; Two Trios, op 70, from 1809; the "Archduke" Trio, op. 97, from 1816; and the "Kakadu" Variations.

The performers will spread these nine works among three concerts, fitting them together to be musically compatible rather than playing them in a chronological sequence. The programs for the three concerts will be:

-- Friday Feb. 1: Trio in B-flat major, op. 11; Trio in C minor, op. 1 no. 3; and Trio in E-flat major, op. 70 no. 2;

-- Saturday, Feb. 9: Trio in D major, op. 70 no. 1; Variations on an Original Theme, op. 44; and Trio in G major, op. 1 no. 2; and

-- Friday, Feb. 22: Variations on Wenzel Mueller's "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu" (I am the tailor Kakadu), op. 121a; Trio in E-flat major, op. 1 no. 1; and Trio in B-flat major, op. 97 ("Archduke").

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 has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris and other cities around the world.

He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin Mehta. 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.

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches violin and was the artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival held in 2000 and 2001. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals. During the 1999-2000 season she toured Romania and Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto.

Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia. At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet she was appointed artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels.

The latest addition to the UI string faculty, Anthony Arnone is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He is currently principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin and has been a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony. He has taught master classes in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught stringed instruments, music theory, chamber music and conducted the Orchestra.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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