Aug. 24, 2007
Uriel Tsachor leads off UI faculty solo series with Sept. 9 piano recital
Pianist Uriel Tsachor will be the lead-off hitter for the University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital series this year, playing the first solo recital of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Tsachor will play works by three composers: Franz Liszt's "En Rêve" (Dreaming) and "Nuages Gris"; Maurice Ravel's technical showpiece "Gaspard de la Nuit"; and Franz Schubert's Sonata in C minor, D. 958.
Tsachor described the program, noting that in his late works, Liszt turned away from the image of the flamboyant virtuosos that he had previously cultivated.
"At the end of his life Liszt turned to more spiritual means of inspiration and used forward-looking harmonic language devoid of any virtuosity," Tsachor said. "The two pieces on the program perfectly portray this approach with their somber and ambiguous atmosphere.
"Ravel composed the three movements of 'Gaspard de la Nuit' in 1907-08. He wanted to write something that would be more virtuosic than any other work he had written, but with his customary rich musical expression. The pianistic texture of these pieces is extremely revolutionary for its time and taxes both instrument and player to the limit.
"The second piece, 'Le Gibet' (The gallows) has a desperate, hypnotic pulse that portrays perfectly the scene. The last piece's portrayal of a menacing creature tormenting someone at nighttime is amazingly vivid.
"Schubert's C minor Sonata is one of three pieces he composed in 1828. Like the Liszt pieces, it reflects a new spiritual style of the composer, and it ends with a jubilant tarantella, a wild dance."
Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, he 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. Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung described him as "A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry." See: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/PIANOtsachor.htm
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