Join us for our 29th season!
Celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, Bagatelles and Impromptus with David Breitman, Beiliang Zhu returns, and a fanfare with music for winds and strings.
Bagatelles & Impromptus
December 1/2, 2017
David Breitman, fortepiano. Masterworks from the 1820’s by Beethoven and Schubert, performed on an instrument of the period.
David Breitman is a Cornell graduate, and is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano. He enjoys both solo and ensemble playing. His collaboration with baritone Sanford Sylvan spanned more than thirty years, with several hundred recitals and four CD’s, ranging from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, to the premiere recording of The Glass Hammer, a major song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin. He has recorded the Mozart piano-violin sonatas on historical instruments with Jean-François Rivest for Analekta, and, in a collaboration of a different sort, he is one of seven fortepianists on the 10-CD recording of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle on CLAVES. Beethoven has continued to be a major preoccupation, with recent recordings of the complete violin sonatas with Elizabeth Wallfisch (for the Nimbus label) and the cello sonatas and variations with Jaap ter Linden (not yet released).
David is the director of the Historical Performance Program at Oberlin Conservatory where he teaches fortepiano and clavichord as well as courses in performance practice, and is currently working on a book titled “Time-Travel for Pianists: How Today’s Players Can Learn from Yesterday’s Instruments.”
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