“No composer writes in a vacuum,” says pianist Orli Shaham. “All works are influenced by their time and place.” On Feburary 22, 2021, Ms. Shaham illustrates this concept as she performs sonatas by Schubert and Mozart side by side in a recital presented online by Kaufman Music Center on Merkin Hall’s “Piano Dialogue” series.
Both Viennese composers, Schubert was keenly aware of Mozart’s keyboard works. These two sonatas highlight the similarities between Mozart and Schubert, from the lyrical nature of both pieces, to a direct musical quotation of Mozart by Schubert in the second movement. As Shaham says, “Schubert took over where Mozart’s pen stopped.”
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 15 in F, K. 533/494
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major, D 664
Ticketing and information about Orli Shaham’s February 22nd recital is available on Kaufman Music Center’s website.
Other performances this season include:
On March 12, Ms. Shaham joins Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and the Grand Rapids Symphony for a live-streaming performance of Poulenc’s Aubade.
On March 25, Orli Shaham heads across the Atlantic to perform Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with Finnish Radio Symphony in Helsinki. The program will be live-streamed.
In May, Ms. Shaham returns to the Motor City for a live-streaming performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.