Menahem Pressler | Symphony Center | Classical | Chicago Reader

Menahem Pressler All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Jan. 24, 3 p.m. 2016

Pianist Menahem Pressler is best known as the only founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio to have performed throughout its entire 53-year history. The world-renowned trio disbanded in 2008, but the 92-year-old Pressler has since enjoyed a renewed career as a soloist, including a very well-received debut with the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mozart. This isn’t Pressler’s first stint as a soloist, however—he had a substantial career before founding the trio in 1955 (the same year he began teaching at Indiana University). After escaping Nazi Germany at age 14, Pressler arrived in Israel and performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at 16, and he was later launched into the limelight after winning the Debussy International Competition at 23. Profoundly musical, Pressler has always had an extraordinarily sensitive touch; in an ensemble his ability to match—and even suggest—the sounds of other instruments with his piano is remarkable. Today’s concert includes Mozart’s somewhat melancholy Rondo in A Minor, K. 511; Schubert’s sublime Sonata in G Major, D. 894; and György Kurtág’s intimate Impromptu al ongarese (which is dedicated to Pressler), along with Debussy’s Asian- and Spanish-inspired Estampes and a collection of works by Chopin.

Barbara Yaross

Price: $21-$81, $15 students

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