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ATAKAN SARI AND ASSAF SOMMER HAILED IN NEW YORK CARNEGIE DEBUT CONCERTS

Two outstanding young pianists, Atakan Sari from Turkey and Assaf Sommer from Israel, celebrated the weekend of 18-19 February with memorable debut performances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Each showed himself as an artist of significant, original, persuasive, and powerful thought.

Mr. Sari's poetic essays journeyed through Mozart's C-minor Fantasie, K. 396, Scriabin's Vers la Flamme and Sonata No. 9 ("Black Mass,") Liszt's transcription of Bach's A-minor Organ Prelude and Fugue, Mimaroglu's 1994 L'Eruption de la Fin, and Robert Schumann's Op. 17 Fantasie in C Major. Most telling was Sari's ability to uncover and to define the supernatural trance and primal explosion of the Scriabin works, and his spell-binding introspection in the Schumann concluding movement, in hushed pianissimos rarely experienced in our concert halls.

Mr. Sommer gave us the joy of Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and Toccata in C Major (Busoni transcription,) Beethoven's Sonata Op. 101, Ben-Haim's Op. 34 Pastorale and Capriccio Agitato, and Haydn's F-minor Variations. His was a programme marked by freshness, vitality, and genuine musical intelligence, all carried off with a powerful, precise, and driving temperament always at the service of the music.

It was a weekend to celebrate music and to welcome two highly accomplished young artists who serve and bring so much to their art. We will surely be hearing much more from them.

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