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With Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann & Kodály, We Anxiously Await Anton Nel’s Return to Dell Hall

Back for his first solo recital in our Dell Hall since 2013, it’s safe to say that we’re pretty excited for the afternoon of piano classics Anton Nel has lined up for us next week. Whetting your palate without giving too much away, January 29th’s recital will feature composers both recognizable and unfamiliar.

A South African native and winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall–at just 26 years old—Anton Nel’s list of performances could go on forever. From Cleveland to Chicago, Seattle to London, Mr. Nel has been all over the world playing with orchestras and symphonies near and far. With an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra and an acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, you may has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra several times. And so, from an artist whose accolades, talents and humor know no bounds, here is the program he has put together for the auspicious afternoon of January 29th. Won’t you join us?

Claude Debussy. Suite Bergamasque (1890)

Clair de lune

Most of you are likely to be familiar with Clair de lune—the most famous portion of this work that starts with ethereal notes only to turn into a broad, swooping quintessential masterpiece of Debussy. Debussy worked on the Suite for 15 years (embarked upon at age 28) before publishing.

Robert Schumann. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 (1839)

Allegro (Sehr Lebhaft)
Romanze (Ziemlich Langsam)
Intermezzo (Mit Größter Energie)
Finale (Höchst Lebhaft)

This is Schumann’s “Carnival Jest from Vienna”—don’t let the German name scare you away.

Zoltán Kodály. Meditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy (1907)

A more obscure composer to most, Kodály based this piece on a motive from Debussy’s String Quartet after a visit to Paris. See if you can spot the use of the whole tone scale, another of Kodály’s hints of Debussy.

Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” (1804)

Allegro con brio
Introduzione: Adagio molto
Rondo: Allegretto moderato — Prestissimo

And back to Anton Nel’s specialty. This piece was a gift from Beethoven to friend Count Ferdinand von Waldstein. You’ll have to see Mr. Nel in person to get the full effect of this one—a great intro to Beethoven if you’ve been looking for one.

Join us as we welcome back local celebrity Anton Nel for the first time on our stage solo since 2013. He will be playing a Hamburg Steinway.

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