Amit Peled & Noreen Polera

Saturday, February 27, 2016 · 7:30PM

Program included: Beethoven, Fauré, Bach, Saint-Saëns

The exact program that Pablo Casals performed 100 years before, played on Casals’ 1733 Goffriller cello with Noreen Polera accompanying on a 1914 Mason & Hamlin restored by Farley’s House of Pianos.


Sonata in G minor - G. F. Handel

Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 - J. S. Bach

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” WoO 46 - L. van Beethoven

Élégie, Op. 24 - G. Fauré

Sicilienne, Op. 78 - Fauré

Papillon, Op. 77 - Fauré

Aria from Organ Pastorale in F, BWV 590 - J. S. Bach

Allegro appassionato in B minor, Op. 43 - C. Saint-Saëns

Excerpt of Review by John W. Barker

Once again, Farley's House of Pianos has shown what a unique outpost it is for classical music in Madison.

On last Saturday night, it presented the brilliant young Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled, with his working accompanist, Noreen Cassidy-Polera, having snared them along the line of their current national tour.

For this visit, he brought with him not only his own talents, but a remarkable instrument. This was a cello made in 1733 by Matteo Gofriller, once owned and played on by no less than Pablo Casals. Two years ago, it was entrusted to Peled on loan by Marta Casals Istomin, the great cellist's widow.

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Excerpt of Review by Greg Hettmansberger

Any event at the Salon Piano Series at Farley's House of Pianos contains at least a whiff of musical history: The establishment has long been renowned for its superb restorations of historic keyboards. So much so that pianists who get within a few hours of Madison will arrange to come and play one or more of the fine instruments, and a few times a year a hundred or so lucky folks get to soak up the results.

Happily, the artistic sensibilities of Tim and Renee Farley extend beyond “mere” pianism, and cellist Amit Peled made a return visit Saturday night. The event could hardly have been more auspicious from a purely esthetic perspective; Peled has been playing the c. 1733 Goffriller cello played by Pablo Casals for the last couple of years or so. Shortly after having the instrument loaned to him by Casals' widow, Peled discovered at his place of work, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a program that Casals performed there in 1915. It was one stop on an extended U.S. tour, and suddenly Peled knew what part of the purpose was in having this instrument at his disposal: Repeat the program.

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