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Release: Sept. 5, 2002
TSACHOR WILL TRACE THE GERMAN MUSICAL LINEAGE IN SEPT. 21 RECITAL
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Uriel Tsachor is pronounced OO-ree-el tsa-KHOR)
Uriel Tsachor will trace a course through the heart of the German musical
lineage of the Classic and Romantic eras, playing works by Joseph Haydn, Beethoven
and Brahms, in a University of Iowa faculty recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
His recital will be free and open to the public.
The three composers on Tsachors program encompass the continuity of
the German musical tradition. With Mozart one of the two truly great composers
of the late 18th century, Haydn was briefly Beethovens teacher. Beethoven
in turn dominated the European musical world of his time. Brahms, although
he did not know Beethoven, was acutely conscious of the older composers
legacy and was widely hailed as its heir.
Tsachor sees his program -- Haydns Adagio in F major and Fantasy in
C major, Beethovens Eroica Variations, op. 35, and Brahms
Sonata in F minor, op. 5 -- in terms of contrasts as much as continuity: The
program contains both small- and large-scale contrasts, he said.
Within the two halves, the Haydn fantasy and the Beethoven are dominated
by a sardonic and sarcastic character thats not so typical of the two
composers. In contrast the Brahms Sonata is massive, unusual in its layout
of five movements, in its symphonic language, and its explosive and serious
But other, small-scale contrasts are also present in this program.
For example, the two Haydn pieces present a contrast themselves. The Adagio
is a brooding piece that was actually transcribed by the composer from a string
ensemble piece, while the Fantasy, sometimes called Capriccio,
is a quicksilver creation of changing moods, unexpected harmonic twists and
The Beethoven Eroica Variations -- named for the theme, which
is also used for the last movement of the Eroica Symphony -- is
laid out in a way that sets up contrasts among groups of variations, almost
like a multi-movement piece. Tsachor explained, In an effort to dramatize
the static variation form as he knew it, Beethoven created the feeling of
multiple movements by having first a block of 13 fast variations, then two
very slow ones that are almost as long as the first 13, and ending the piece
with a virtuoso fugue and a climactic recapitulation.
This piece is devised on a large scheme unprecedented in a variation
set, and interestingly filled with vast contrasts of bitter sarcasm and sublime
Musical contrasts will be obvious within the Brahms, which is full
of the Sturm-und-Drang (storm and stress) feeling so typical of his early
works. After the stormy opening, the second movement is a love duet that serves
in turn as the basis for the fourth slow movement. And the Finale is a bubbly,
gigantic dance movement that ends the piece in a truly symphonic manner.
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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