Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Gyorgy Sandor Henryk Szeryng
Wednesday Evening, July 26, 1978, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23.........Beethoven
Andante scherzoso; piu allegretto Allegro molto
Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96.........Beethoven
Adagio espressivo Scherzo: allegro Poco allegretto
Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 ("Spring")......Beethoven
Adagio molto espressivo Scherzo: allegro molto
Rondo: allegro ma non troppo
This is the second of three programs in which these artists are performing the ten Beethoven sonatas. In conjunction with the recitals are twicedaily master classes at the School of Music taught by Mr. Sandor (July 1721) and Mr. Szeryng (July 25August 1).
Mr. Sandor: Vox and Columbia Records.
Mr. Szeryng: Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA, and Columbia Records.
Centennial Season--Fourth Concert Beethoven Sonata Pair Series
About the Artists
Gyorgy Sandor's close personal relationships with his Hungarian countrymen, Bartok and Kodaly, are legendary by now. In 1937, two years before Sandor's American debut, he received the following tribute from Bela Bartok: "Gyorgy Sandor is one of the best pianists of our younger generation. He possesses plasticity, clarity, energy and emotion without sentimentality in his interpretations. He has a remarkably varied repertoire, and besides the classic and romantic literature he does not neglect contemporary works either. Therefore he can be regarded as a very able interpreter of modern piano music." Indeed, it was Sandor who performed the world premiere of Bartok's monumental Third Piano Concerto in New York's Carnegie Hall, shortly following the composer's death in 194S. In recent years he has performed a number of historic Bartok programs, including the first New York concert performances of the complete "Mikrokosmos," in 1976.
Excerpted from Time Magazine--Not many Polish pianists visit Mexico City, and when Arthur Rubinstein played there in 19S4, it was almost too much for one Pole in the audience. He rushed backstage, burst into Rubinstein's dressing room and began hugging and kissing the startled pianist, exclaiming in Polish: "That was the greatest thing I ever heard!" When the kissing stopped, he introduced himself as Henryk Szeryng, a 32yearold music teacher at the National University of Mexico. Intrigued at finding a countryman so far from home, Rubinstein inquired: "Do you play at all" Yes, his compatriot admitted, "I love to play the violin." Rubinstein forthwith invited the violinist to his hotel room for an impromptu audition. Recalls Rubinstein: "He played Bach sonatas and reduced me to tears." Rubinstein was so impressed, in fact, that he asked Szeryng to make a record album with him, and later induced impresario Sol Hurok to book him for a 20concert tour of the U.S. Szeryng was hesitant to take the leap from the academic world to the concert stage, but finally decided: "If this great master has this sort of confidence in me, why shouldn't I" Since then, he has established himself as one of the world's topranking violinists, just as Rubinstein had said he would.
Remaining Summer Fare
Sandor and Szerync..........Friday, July 28
Beethoven: Sonatas No. 6, 8, and 9 ("Kreutzer")
Maureen Forrester, Contralto.......? Monday, August 7
Music of Handel, Purcell, Schumann, Fleming, Poulenc
Tickets available at $4, $5 JO, and p.
100th Concert Season--19781979
Choral Union Series: Vladimir Horowitz, Pianist; Emil Gilels, Pianist; Nathan Milstein, Violinist; English Chamber OrchestraVladimir Ashkenazy; Isaac Stern, Violinist; Moscow PhilharmonicDmitri Kitaienko; NDR Symphony of HamburgZdenek Macal; Xicolai Ghiaurov, Basso; Detroit Symphony OrchestraAntal Dorati, Ilse von Alpenheim; Cleveland OrchestraLorin Maazel.
Choice Series: Alvin Ailey Dancers; Martha Graham Dance Company; Viennese Gala; Dimitri, ClownMime; Fred Waring Show; Tchaikovsky's A'K(crac?erPrrrsBURGH Ballet Theatre; Mozart's Marriage of FigaroCANADiAN Opera Company; Bulgarian Folk Ensemble; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Los Angeles Ballet.
Chamber Arts Series: Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society; Belgrade Chamber Orches?traLynn Harrell; II Divertimento; New Irish Chamber OrchestraAndre Prieur, James Galway; The Philidor Trio; Les Menestrels; Guarneri String Quartet; Nether?lands Wind Ensemble.
Debut & Encore Recital Series: Eugene Fodor, Violinist; Murray Perahia, Pianist; Judith Blegen, Soprano; Paul BaduraSkoda, Pianist.
Asian Series: Bugaku, Japan; Aspects of Peking Opera; Yakshagana, South India.
Series orders (except Choral Union) now being accepted, filled in sequence, and mailed in September; single concerts will be available September 5.
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