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Release: Nov. 22, 2000
Violinist Vogel Continues Her Explorations Of The Musical
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel,
who has become a tireless explorer of the musical unknown since arriving at
the University of Iowa two years ago, will continue her programming adventures
by playing music by Hans Gal on a duo recital with pianist Rene Lecuona at
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Their UI School of Music faculty recital will be free
and open to the public.
Gal, who is best known to music historians for his
scholarly work rather than his considerable output as a composer, will be
represented on the program with his Sonata op. 17 for violin & piano.
The "known" portion of the program will feature Johannes Brahmss
Sonata in E-flat major, op. 120, (arranged for violin from its better known
original form for clarinet or viola), and Maurice Ravels virtuoso showpiece
Vogel and Lecuona will open the recital with Witold
Lutoslawskis Partita for violin & piano, a contemporary virtuoso
challenge for the violinist and another unknown piece for most audiences.
During the fall semester, Vogel has already performed
a chamber music concert in September and a duo recital with pianist Uriel
Tsachor in November. Both of those performances reflected her stated aim of
creating "exciting program combinations that present the known with the
unknown," as did the Magisterra Chamber Music Festival last May, which
For her part, Lecuona has also been busy during the
fall semester, with performances with soprano Rachel Joselson and the Meridian
Trio in September, and two all-Bach programs with violinist Leopold La Fosse
The program for Dec. 9 was created around the Gal
sonata, which Vogel and Lecuona hope to record for a planned CD of Gals
works. The pairing of Gal and Brahms sonatas seemed natural, since Gals
best-known work is his biography of Brahms, published in 1961. Around these
two relatively serious sonatas, Vogel placed two virtuoso show pieces, still
maintaining the "known/unknown" duality that characterizes the rest
of the program.
Hans Gal was born in 1890 near Vienna and died in
Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1987. He composed more than 100 published works, including
four operas, four symphonies, two large-scale cantatas, three concertos, and
a large number of orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal works.
As a young man he won several major musical prizes.
Following considerable early success, particularly with his opera "Die
Heilige Ente" (The holy duck), he became director of the Conservatory
in Mainz, Germany, in 1929. The Nazi occupation of Mainz in 1933 brought instant
dismissal from office, and Hitlers ban on all music by Jewish composers
ended his career in
Germany. He returned to Vienna, but, with the Nazi annexation
of Austria in 1938 he was forced to emigrate to Britain. He settled in Edinburgh,
where he became lecturer at the University.
Gals music is deeply rooted in the Austro-German
musical tradition, descending from the legacy of Brahms. Nonetheless, by his
early 20s Gal had found his own distinctive musical language, which he maintained
with remarkable consistency through all of the stylistic developments and
changing fashions of the early 20th century. His music combines intricate
contrapuntal texture with a continuous flow of melody, and lyricism with emotional
Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches
violin and is the artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber
Music Festival and Academy that was inaugurated in May 2000. She has performed
extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist
with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at
the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals,
During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete
cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United
States with pianist Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and
she toured Romania and Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the
Brahms violin concerto.
Vogel began studying the violin with her father at
the age of four. She was admitted to the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany,
when she was 11, one of the youngest students ever admitted to the school,
and played her solo debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall)
when she was 12. She continued studies with many of the leading violinists
in Europe and America, including the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at
the University of Southern California. She received a degree with highest
honors in violin solo and chamber music from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen
and an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Vogel has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and
Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel,
Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke. She has won numerous performance competitions,
and has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend musiziert" (Young
performers) competition in Germany since 1998.
Lecuona maintains an active teaching and performing
schedule at the UI School of Music, including frequent collaborations with
her faculty colleagues. Since joining the faculty in 1990 she has appeared
in more than 60 on-campus concerts. She is featured on several CD recordings,
including one with double bassist Diana Gannett, of chamber music by Clara
Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals
throughout the United States, South America and the Caribbean. Most recently
she performed and presented master classes in Mexico. She made her Carnegie
Hall debut in a chamber performance in Weill Recital Hall in 1993, and she
has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in New York and Iowa.
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