Published on : Friday, August 22, 2014
International concert artists Alexander Kobrin, 2005 Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Emanuel Borok, retired concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and currently Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in violin at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts,
will present the first of three concerts devoted to the complete collection of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano on Saturday, Sept. 6 at SMU. The pair’s additional two concerts will be presented March 7 and May 11, 2015.
The concerts are part of the Meadows School’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. Launched in 2011, the series features performances by outstanding faculty and/or alumni who maintain international concert careers.
“The four sonatas we chose for the first concert represent the early period of Beethoven’s work, which often reflects on the style and form of Mozart,” said Borok. “At the same time, one can easily hear elements of the dramatic language and intensity so familiar to us from Beethoven’s later years, as found in some of his symphonies or his late quartets.”
The concert opens with the Sonata in D major, op. 12, which ranges from stormy and bombastic to humble and almost sad. It’s followed by the Sonata in E flat major, op. 12, which includes a virtuoso showcase for the pianist in the first movement. Following intermission will be the Sonata in A minor, op. 23, known for its juxtaposition of drama and humor.
The concert concludes with the Sonata in G major, op. 30, perhaps the most cheerful of all Beethoven’s sonatas, incorporating an elegant minuet and images of countryside festivities. “The G major sonata is remarkable given the fact that it was composed after Beethoven learned he would go deaf,” said Borok. “He was deeply depressed and even contemplated suicide, yet I cannot think of too many pieces he wrote that are as cheerful and optimistic as this one.”
The September 6 concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus in Dallas. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students and SMU faculty and staff.