Performance Monday, March 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Kirill Gerstein

Zankel Hall
An etude can be described as a brief piece that assists in the development of a performer’s technique, but in the hands of Bartók, Bach, and Liszt, it’s a sublime musical experience. Bartók conceived of Mikrokosmos as a collection of pieces for a beginning pianist, but over time it grew into a six-volume collection of 153 pieces that span a wide range of technical difficulty. Bach’s Three-Part Inventions, part of a pedagogical collection, are masterpieces of brilliant fugal writing. Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes are devilishly difficult and reflect the composer’s astounding virtuosity.


  • Kirill Gerstein, Piano


  • BARTÓK Selections from Mikrokosmos
  • BACH Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801
  • LISZT Transcendental Etudes


Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor (Allegro energico)
Kirill Gerstein, Piano
Myrios Classics

This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes.