The “irresistable panache” of violinist Rachel Lee Priday will be on offer next week at New York’s SubCulture, when she and frequent collaborator, pianist David Kaplan, perform a program of recent and new works for the opening of the eighth annual MATA Interval Series.
The centerpiece of this program is a world premiere, Sonata for Violin and Piano, commissioned by Priday and Kaplan from rising star composer Christopher Cerrone.
Winner of a 2014 Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University Commission, the new work was written as a kind of expansion of Cerrone’s distinctive musical language in this most intimate (and traditional) of instrumental pairings.
Rachel explains, “Chris’s Sonata for Violin and Piano is the first piece I have played where pure texture is the material – not first and second themes, not melodies or bass lines, not tone rows, not subjects or countersubjects. This music inhabits the surface of things. That’s not to say that it’s superficial, as critics unjustly accused Ravel of being. But the surface of things reveals an incredible range of tactile sensation, and it is the meeting place of two instruments. And that is true to the spirit of any Sonata for a combination of instruments: collaboration at its most intimate level.”
And don’t forget to join us at SubCulture on Fri., Feb. 6!
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Priday’s other upcoming dates include the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 for a return to the Buffalo Philharmonic with Leon Botstein (Priday previously wowed at the BPO with a “truly dazzling” outing of the Paganini Cto. No.1), a recital in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, a special performance of the Janáček Violin Sonatafor a Sloane Kettering Cancer Center Benefit at Carnegie Hall, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the SUNY Fredonia College Symphony.
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Learn more about Rachel Lee Priday’s 15/16 program offerings, including:
with works by Wolfgang Rihm, Mauricio Kagel, Erik Satie, Arvo Pärt, Béla Bartók
with works by Schumann/Brahms/Dietrich, Marcos Balter, Isang Yun, Beethoven
with works by Beethoven, Bright Sheng, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Eugène Ysaÿe, Brahms
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Meet and listen to Rachel Lee Priday in the lovely EPK video.