Clara Haskil, prelude and fugue
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Directed by Serge Kribus
With Anaïs Marty
December 4 to 11, 2018
Jean Vilar Theater – Louvain La Neuve (Belgium)
…The TEE enters the Midi station. Clara is looking forward to seeing Brussels and his dear friend Arthur. Tomorrow, they will give a violin piano recital of sonatas for the Belgian public. Clara gets off the train, she takes the wooden escalators and she falls. What an idiot! His hands have nothing, fortunately! Clara looks up. The station is gone. The images arise, the drawing of the faces, the voices, the noises. Everything is precise. Snow, Bucharest, departure to Vienna, Paris, Lausanne, New York …
Here is the life of a woman with a unique destiny that crosses the 20th century with the only luggage, music, sincerity and friends…
Clara Haskil, romanian pianist, of Sephardi background is born in Bucharest, Haskil studied at the Conservatory in 1901 and made her debut in Vienna 1902 as a child prodigy. She studied with Richard Robert and later in Paris with Cortot.
Her technique and capacity for poetic expression won her a great reputation. Though a muscular disorder severely impeded her career, she continued playing concerts during periods of remission, making numerous appearances with Ysaÿe, Enesco, Casals, and Grumiaux and appearing as a soloist with major symphony orchestras in Europe and America. She lived in Paris from 1927 until 1940, when the German invasion forced her to flee the city. In 1949 she acquired Swiss nationality.
Haskil was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in belated recognition of the inimitable clarity and eloquence of her playing. Her interpretation of Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, and especially Mozart was profoundly sensitive and unique. She made memorable recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Grumiaux as well as of several Mozart concertos. A Clara Haskil Prize was established at the International Music Festival in Lucerne.