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Shai Wosner, piano
Israeli pianist Shai Wosner’s playing reveals “a keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR, All Things Considered). “A remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance” caught the attention of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Complexity clearly attracts him, but so does its translation into apparent ease in performing.” Lyrical and deeply considered, “This is pianism of the very highest order, involving and full-blooded” (International Piano).
Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has focused on the composer in recent seasons and has performed his solo works in recitals across the US and at London’s Wigmore Hall. In early 2015, he curates The Schubert Effect at the 92nd Street Y, in which he is joined by the Parker Quartet for a two-part recital series juxtaposing solo and chamber works by Schubert, Kurtág and Missy Mazzoli.
For his “splendid new CD on the Onyx label” (The New York Times), Mr. Wosner has recorded solo works by Schubert and Mazzoli. “Shai Wosner muses in his booklet essay on the notion of Schubert and time, observing that often the composer’s short pieces imply a broader dimension than their span suggests: ‘like looking at the horizon through the window of a small room’ … Wosner’s interpretations draw you ineluctably into his own vision” (Gramophone).
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ProgramFranz SCHUBERT Impromptu No. 1 in F minor, D.935
Frédéric CHOPIN Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 29
SCHUBERT Impromptu No. 2 in A-flat major, D.935
SCHUBERT Impromptu No. 3 in B-flat major. D.935
CHOPIN Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, Op. 51
SCHUBERT Impromptu No. 4 in F minor,
Franz Joseph HAYDN Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob.XVII/4
György LIGETI Capriccio No. 1
HAYDN Capriccio in G major on "Acht Sauschneider müssen sein," Hob.XVII/1
LIGETI Capriccio No. 2
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
Program subject to change