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Rorianne Schrade, pianist  

 Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall*




Sonata in C Major, K. 330                                                                              Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Sonata in F minor (“Appassionata”), Op. 57                                                         Ludwig van Beethoven

Für Alina                                                                                                                                   Arvo Pärt

Prelude Op. 11, No. 1                                                                                                       Anatole Liadov

Etude in B Major, Op. 8, No. 4                                                                                    Alexander Scriabin

Etude in E Major (“La Nuit”)                                                                                   Alexander Glazunov

Etude, Op. 40, No. 2 (“Reverie”)                                                                                   Nikolai Kapustin

Etude-Tableau in E-flat Major Op. 33, No. 7                                                           Sergei Rachmaninoff

Scherzo from the Sixth Symphony                                                                          Tchaikovsky-Feinberg



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From From Isler’s Insights, 2017:


Pianist Rorianne Schrade stepped onto the stage of Weill Hall this evening expecting a small audience, due to bad weather predictions, heavy UN/Trump traffic in the neighborhood, etc. She was confronted, instead, with a full house of enthusiastic listeners. And she played a very fine concert. 

She began with a Mozart sonata which she played in what seemed to me a very Romantic approach. Yet, with her sincerity, sensitivity and use of nuance and expressivity, she won me over with her interpretation. 

Ms. Schrade is a member of the noted Schrade family of pianists, several of whom, sadly, have passed away in the last few years. Her performance of the Appassionata Sonata was powerful, and it was by then clear, also from the confidence she displayed at the instrument, that she excels at the “family business” of playing the piano.  

The first six works of the second half were played without a break. It was a mostly lovely, mostly Russian tour of some wonderful music most of which is not well-known, starting with the slow and spiritual Pärt work, through the lovely Liadov Prelude, and eventually moving on to the more muscular Kapustin and Rachmaninoff works. (The Rachmaninoff, of course, is well-known.) Most of these pieces did not sound easy to play. Except, perhaps, by contrast with the final work on the program.

Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) was a terrific pianist whose accomplishments include an excellent recording of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach. Less well-known are his own compositions, and even less well-known are his transcriptions. I was not even aware of the existence of his transcription of the Scherzo movement of the Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony. Hugely complex and brilliant, Ms. Schrade ate it alive! And received a standing ovation afterwards. 

It was a wonderful evening.  
Donald Isler