photo by Christian Steiner
Great artists give free concerts at New England Conservatory—simply because they teach here.
Pianist Gabriel Chodos has engaged over a lifetime with the works of Schubert and Beethoven, and NEC audiences are privileged to hear his ongoing and evolving thoughts about the composers’ sonatas and character pieces. Some years ago, Chodos began a fruitful association with Fleur du son recordings and produced memorable discs of the Schubert G-Major Sonata and Beethoven’s Op. 111 Sonata (paired with smaller works of Brahms and Schubert).
Reviewing for all-music.com, Patsy Morita wrote this about the Schubert Sonata: “What distinguishes Gabriel Chodos' playing from other pianists is the way everything he plays comes out so thoughtfully phrased and with a beautiful, rounded tone, yet also with a liveliness and motion. The large opening movement of Schubert's Sonata in G major, D. 894, is a meditative work, but in its more active moments, Chodos gives the singing melodies a gentle swinging motion. The remainder of the sonata is similarly delivered, always carefully and sensitively shaped with grace. Even stern, forceful passages, full of large chords, are held in precise proportion to contrasting material, so that the flow of the music is not disrupted by harsh, pounding theatrics.”
About the Beethoven, NEC Piano Chair Bruce Brubaker has stated: “Encountering Gabriel Chodos playing Beethoven’s Opus 111, it seemed clear to me — as he started playing, he was not beginning the music but continuing it.” And Richard Dyer, writing in the Boston Globe, praised Chodos’ “austere but moving performance.”
Chodos returns to those works in this program:
Schubert: Allegretto in C Minor, D.915,
Sonata in G Major, D.894 Op. 78
Beethoven:Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111