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Release:Oct. 11, 2002
VIOLINIST VOGEL PERFORMS LATE-ROMANTIC RARITIES FOR OCT. 27 RECITAL
Annette-Barbara Vogel has a well known passion for the unfamiliar.
She will once again display that passion in a University of Iowa faculty
recital featuring music by the late Romantic composers Karol Szymanowsky and
Guillaume Lekeu -- who are very unfamiliar to most listeners -- as well as
pieces by Mozart and the violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, performed with
pianist Marcelina Turcanu, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
Their performance will be free and open to the public.
It is the unfamiliar works that will provide the heart and the musical weight
of the program: the Sonata in D minor, op. .9, by Szymanowsky and the Sonata
in G minor by Lekeu. Around those two major works, Vogel and Turcanu will
open the program with Mozarts Sonata F major, KV 378, a relatively slight
curtain raiser from the Classical era, and close with Sarasates Zigeunerweisen
(Gypsy style), a popular virtuoso showpiece from the Romantic era.
This recital continues my philosophy of programming very well known
pieces with others that are very rarely performed live, Vogel said.
Szymanowsky is a composer who binds the late 19th century musical scene
with the one of the 20th century, she said. He is also an example
of an artist caught in the crossfire of conflicting movements around the times
between and before the two world wars.
He wrote a lot of piano music, she said, but relatively little chamber music
-- the violin sonata, a couple of pieces for violin and piano and string quartets.
The violin sonata was composed when he was 22 years old, Vogel
said. The influence of the Brahms and Franck sonatas is quite obvious
It is laid out in orthodox manner: first movement in sonata form, a song-like
second movement incorporating a short pizzicato section, and the rondo-finale.
Lekeu was a Belgian composer who died in 1894 at the age of only 24. He was
a student of Cesar Franck and Vincent d'Indy, two of the most prominent composers
and teachers in France at the time. He was also heavily influenced by Wagner,
as were most musicians in the late 19th century, and it was said that he once
fainted after witnessing a performance of Tristan and Isolde in
Wagners own theater in Bayreuth, Germany.
Lekeu only completed about 30 pieces, of which the violin sonata is probably
the best known. It was dedicated to the Belgian violin virtuoso Eugene Ysaye,
who performed it many time. Lekeus statement that I kill
myself to put my whole soul into my music can be easily understood after
listening to his Violin Sonata, Vogel said.
Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches violin and is the
artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival
and Academy that was inaugurated in May 2000. 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, among others.
During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete cycle of Beethoven
sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United States with pianist
Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and she toured Romania and
Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms violin concerto.
Vogel began studying the violin with her father at the age of four. She was
admitted to the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany, when she was 11, one
of the youngest students ever admitted to the school, and played her solo
debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall) when she was 12.
She continued studies with many of the leading violinists in Europe and America,
including the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the University of Southern
California. She received a degree with highest honors in violin solo and chamber
music from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and an Artist Diploma from the
College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
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 won numerous
performance competitions, and has been serving on the jury of the Jugend
musiziert (Young performers) competition in Germany since 1998.
Vogel has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including
music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred
Schnittke. Future recording projects include a violin-cello duo CD and a violin-piano
CD with Sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger.
A native of Moldavia, Turcanu graduated from Kishniev and Bucharest Conservatories
with first prizes. To further her teaching career she was given the opportunity
to assist major teachers at the St. Petersburg, Kiev and Moscow conservatories.
She is currently a student of Uriel Tsachor in the UI School of Music.
Turcanu is a winner of numerous national and international piano competitions
including the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and the Tallin
International Piano Competition, and she received the prestigious Prince De
Lambrino Award in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded the first prize in the Art
Song Competition in Ohio. She has appeared in recitals and concerto performances
throughout the former Soviet Union, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Scandinavia,
Germany and the United States.
Turcanu has been a faculty member at the Kishinev Institute of the Arts,
Kishniev Rachmaninoff College, Porumbesco College and the Enesco Conservatory
in Bucharest. She has also been coach/accompanist for the Kishniev and Bucharest
opera houses. A frequent adjudicator for local and national piano competitions
and festivals, she has also taught master classes in Sweden, Denmark, Romania,
Haiti and the United States.
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