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Release: Sept. 5, 2002


(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Uriel Tsachor is pronounced OO-ree-el tsa-KHOR)

Pianist 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 Tsachor’s 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 Beethoven’s 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 composer’s legacy and was widely hailed as its heir.

Tsachor sees his program -- Haydn’s Adagio in F major and Fantasy in C major, Beethoven’s “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 that’s 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 nature.

“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 dynamic changes.”

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 moods.

“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.

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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