An Evening with Steinway Presents : Andrew Rangell and Rafael Popper-Keizer

Friday, April 15, 2016
5:00 pm

M. Steinert & Sons
162 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Join M. Steinert & Sons as we welcome acclaimed Steinway Artist Andrew Rangell and noted cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer for an evening of classical music. Admission to this special event is free, but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance by calling Phil Schoonmaker at (617) 426-1900.

PROGRAM

Sonata op. 5 no. 1 in F

  • Adagio sostenuto – Allegro
  • Rondo: Allegro vivace

Sonata op. 102 no. 1 in C

  • Andante – Allegro vivace
  • Adagio – Tempo d’andante – Allegro vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven


Intermission

Sonata in D minor

  • Lent: Sostenuto e molto risoluto
  • Serenade: Modérément animé, fantasque et léger
  • Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

Claude Debussy


Sonata in A major

  • Allegretto ben moderato
  • Allegro
  • Recitativo-Fantasia
  • Allegretto poco mosso

César Franck

About the Artists

Andrew Rangell

Andrew Rangell is a nationally acclaimed pianist and lecturer, winner of an Avery Fisher career grant and recipient of a doctoral degree from the Juilliard School. Now residing in Boston, Mr. Rangell was for eight years a piano professor and resident artist at Dartmouth College.

Having performed throughout New England for several decades, he is perhaps best known here for two separate highly praised Boston traversals of the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge and Jordan Hall in Boston in 1986-89. During this period Mr. Rangell performed the cycle in New York City, Cleveland, Denver, Rochester, Hanover, NH and other cities.

As a musician, Andrew Rangell has been much appreciated for the unusual breadth and depth of his repertoire, as well as the singularity and intensity of his interpretations— attributes much in evidence throughout a far-ranging discography of twenty-seven recordings on the Dorian, Bridge and Steinway labels.

In 2012 Steinway and Sons released a three-disc set of his interpretations of Beethoven’s final five Sonatas, the Diabelli Variations and Bagatelles op. 126, and (separately) Bach’s “The Art of Fugue”. Mr. Rangell’s more recent releases include a three-disc set of Bach masterworks (the Goldberg Variations and the six Partitas) as well as “A Folk Song Runs Through It” featuring music of Janacek, Bartok and Kodaly.

Mr. Rangell’s latest release, also on the Steinway label, is “A Chopin Recital.”

Rafael Popper-Keizer

Hailed by The New York Times as “imaginative and eloquent” and dubbed “a local hero” by the Boston Globe, cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer maintains a vibrant and diverse career as one of Boston’s most celebrated freelance musicians. He is principal cellist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and a core member of some of New England’s most prominent chamber groups, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Winsor Music, Monadnock Music, and Dinosaur Annex.

His 2003 performance with the Boston Philharmonic of the Saint-Saëns Concerto in A minor was praised by the Globe for “melodic phrasing of melting tenderness” and “dazzling dispatch of every bravura challenge”; more recent solo appearances include Strauss’ Don Quixote, also with the Boston Philharmonic; Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, with Emmanuel Music; and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with the Indian Hill Symphony.

Mr. Popper-Keizer has been featured on over two dozen recordings, including the premieres of Robert Erickson’s Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra and Thomas Oboe Lee’s tone poem Eurydice, both with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Yehudi Wyner’s De Novo for cello and small chamber ensemble; Malcolm Peyton’s unaccompanied Cello Piece; and chamber works by John Cage, Gunther Schuller, and Martin Boykan. His most recent solo CD, At the still point of the turning world, on the Musica Omnia label, features major unaccompanied works by Kodaly and Gawlick.

As an alumnus of the New England Conservatory, Mr. Popper-Keizer studied with master pedagogue and Piatigorsky protégé Laurence Lesser; at the Tanglewood Music Center he was privileged to work with Mstislav Rostropovich, and was Yo-Yo Ma’s understudy for Strauss’ Don Quixote under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. His prior teachers include Stephen Harrison, at Stanford University, and Karen Andrie, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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