Listen: Imogen Cooper Performs Schumann and Schubert

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Monday, September 05, 2016

The British pianist Imogen Cooper performed at the Frick Collection. The British pianist Imogen Cooper performed at the Frick Collection. (Sussie Ahlburg)

For the season finale of our Concerts at the Frick Collection series, acclaimed British pianist Imogen Cooper performs some of the last works by Schumann and Schubert.

"I try for a story to be told and to bring much color and difference of material to the sound in the piano," says Cooper of her playing. For her performance at the Frick she presents a the last work that Robert Schumann wrote for the piano, the "Ghost Variations." After the break we'll hear her rendition of Schubert's Sonata in B-Flat Major, also written towards the end of the composer's life.

Program:

Schumann: Theme with Variations in E-Flat Major WoO 24, F “Geistervariationen”
    Theme – Leise, innig
    Variation I
    Variation II – Canonisch
    Variation III – Etwas belebter
    Variation IV
    Variation V
    Theme (unwritten reprise)

Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (1828)
    Molto moderato
    Andante sostenuto
    Scherzo.  Allegro vivace con delicatezza
    Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

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