Johannes Brahms’ Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 7:30pm | Foellinger Great Hall

Renowned pianist Ian Hobson is currently a professor in the Center for Advanced Study and the music director and conductor of Sinfonia da Camera. Hobson’s performances and recordings span the piano repertoire from the London Pianoforte School to the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas, all of the Brahms variations for piano, Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, the Chopin-Godowsky etudes, Rachmaninoff’s early works, and solo piano transcriptions to contemporary pieces written for him by Ridout, Lees, Liptak, and Gardner.

In his demanding project for 2012-13, he performs works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. For the first concert, he is joined by faculty member Rochelle Sennet and the Jupiter String Quartet, the newly appointed string quartet-in-residence at the University of Illinois. Sennet collaborates on waltzes, while the quartet unites with Hobson for a quintet by Dvorák. Thanks to an intervention from Brahms, the music publisher Simrock agreed to print Dvorák’s works, and this support greatly elevated the reputation of the new composer.

This concert will include the following works:

· Brahms: Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 (Rochelle Sennet and Ian Hobson)
· Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1 (Ian Hobson)
· Dvorák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 (Ian Hobson and the Jupiter Quartet)

The guest performers and concert programs for this series are subject to change.

A co-presentation of the School of Music, Sinfonia da Camera, the Center for Advanced Study, and Krannert Center

This performance will last approximately 1 hour and 42 minutes.