Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler – who has performed as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles, as lieder accompaniment, and with orchestras around the world – joins us for an evening of classical music, featuring pieces by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Clara Schumann. The program selections by Clara Schumann include seldom-performed compositions highlighting her relationships with the two other composers. Gortler’s latest recording of Robert Schumann piano solo works was released as a two-disc album on Romeo Records and has received enthusiastic critical reviews.
The recital program will include:
Clara Schumann, Romance Op. 11, Nr. 3 Moderato (1838 – 1839)
Dedicated to Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann, Davidsbüdlertänze, Op. 6 (1837)
(Dances of the League of David)
Dedicated to Clara Wieck Schumann
18 pieces for piano
Clara Schumann, Romance Op. 21, Nr.1 Andante (1853 – 1855)
Dedicated to Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahams - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel, Op. 24 (1861)
Dedicated to Clara Schumann and presented to her on her birthday
Robert Schumann’s Davidsbüdlertänze, Op. 6 is the music used in Dani Gal’s short film As from Afar – part of a video installation by the Israeli artist on view at the Jewish Museum through February 1, 2015. Gal’s new video work examines the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and close confidant. Based on letters the two men exchanged in the late 1970s, As from Afar illustrates Gal’s use of documentary materials to create historical narratives through cinematic imagery, and reflects his interest in the relationship between memory and history as well as perceptions and interpretations of the past. Concert ticket holders will be able to view Dani Gal: As from Afar prior to the performance.
Daniel Gortler has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, NDR Symphony, North-West German Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the Houston, San Francisco, New World, Atlanta, and San Jose Symphony Orchestras. Gortler has also appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among all other orchestras in his home country.
Recent highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a debut recital at Wigmore Hall in London, and tours in South Korea, Japan, and Turkey. In the United States, Gortler has performed recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at various New York City venues including Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y, the Morgan Library, and New York University.