• Monday, Sep 19, 2011

     Perspectives András Schiff: In the Steps of Bartók

     

    PIANIST ANDRÁS SCHIFF BEGINS SEASON-LONG PERSPECTIVES SERIES
    ON OCTOBER 28 WITH IVÁN FISCHER AND THE BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

      

    Series Concentrates on the Music and Legacy of Bela Bartók,
    Featuring Mr. Schiff Participating in Twelve Concerts on All Three Stages


    Acclaimed pianist András Schiff begins his extensive 12-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer. Concentrating largely on the music and legacy of twentieth-century Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartók and titled In the Steps of Bartók, the series showcases Mr. Schiff’s exceptional abilities as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, and includes concerts with fellow Hungarian musicians, many of whom he has known since childhood.

    Mr. Schiff’s Perspectives begins in October, when he performs all three of Bartók’s piano concertos on two consecutive evenings with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Mr. Fischer. Also that month, he appears in recital, playing Bartók’s Piano Sonata, Bach’s Three Part Inventions, and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. In February, the series moves to Zankel Hall, where Mr. Schiff performs with Hungarian folk music ensemble Muzsikás, then in a chamber program with pianist Dénes Várjon that includes Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Also in February, Mr. Schiff leads a Professional Training Workshop presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, inviting young pianists to explore the piano suites of Bach and Bartók. The intensive weeklong workshop includes a public master class and a young artists concert by the pianists in Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Schiff concludes his Perspectives series with five performances in May, beginning with a solo recital featuring the US premiere of Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s Rituale—Strém Kálmán in memoriam, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Mr. Widmann, a German composer and clarinetist, is also the subject of a Making Music program that will feature Mr. Schiff. Later in May, Mr. Schiff collaborates in recital with German baritone Christian Gerhaher and appears twice with the Salzburg Marionette Theater, including a Carnegie Hall Family Concert.

      

    Further details on each concert and workshop are noted below. For more information on András Schiff’s Perspectives series, please visit carnegiehall.org/schiff.

      

    András Schiff recently discussed Bartók’s influence on his life: “Roots are incredibly important to me. We all have our roots, and today we try to forget about them. I certainly don’t, but everything is being internationalized, globalized, [and] evened out… We all come from somewhere, and we should be proud of it and try to investigate those roots and incorporate that into our personality and into our positive artistic creative process. Bartók is central in my life because I was born in Hungary and grew up in Hungary. I was born in 1953. Bartók died in 1945, so unfortunately I am too young to have known him or to have met him. And yet, his person was very much present, very much alive. I’m lucky to be of the first generation of music students in Hungary who were really systematically educated and brought up on Bartók. Bartók was not only a great composer. He was a fabulous pianist himself… To me, he’s one of my great, great idols, not just as a composer and as a human being but also as a piano player.”

    For a video interview with András Schiff, please click here.

      

    October 28–29: András Schiff Performs with Iván Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Pianist András Schiff begins his season-long Perspectives series—In the Steps of Bartók—on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Music Director Iván Fischer performing Bartók’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Also on the program is Schubert’s Overture to Die Zauberharfe and Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major. The following evening, on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Schiff performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro Fischer and the orchestra on a program that also includes Bartók’s Hungarian Peasant Songs and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “Great.” András Schiff attended school in Budapest with conductor Iván Fischer, and in 1997 they recorded Bartók’s concertos together, to wide acclaim.

      

    October 31: Solo Recital in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mr. Schiff’s Perspectives series continues on Monday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with a solo recital featuring Bach’s Three Part Inventions, Bartók’s Piano Sonata, and Beethoven’s Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli.

      

    February 16–21: Schiff Leads a Professional Training Workshop
    In February 2012, Mr. Schiff returns to Carnegie Hall to lead his first Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop. The workshop, for solo pianists, runs from February 16–21 and explores the piano suites of Bach and Bartók. The week culminates with a public master class on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. and a young artists concert on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., both in Weill Recital Hall. Applications for the Professional Training Workshop are being accepted through September 30. For more information about the workshop, click here.

      

    February 22: Schiff and Muzikás in Zankel Hall
    On Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Mr. Schiff joins Hungarian folk-music ensemble Muzsikás—arguably the first group to popularize Hungary’s traditional music. Mr. Schiff studied with one of the founding members of Muzsikás, Peter Eri, from the age of six. On that relationship, Mr. Schiff shared, “We all have these roots together. It’s very important to show the connection of the material that Bartók collected and how he worked on that material and incorporated it into his own music. So we’re going to show the original folk music and the Bartókian arrangements side by side. They’re a wonderful group, so I’m sure that it’s going to be a very lively experience.”

      

    February 25: András Schiff and Dénes Várjon in Duo Recital
    Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon joins Mr. Schiff in Zankel Hall on Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m for Schumann’s Six Etudes in Canonic Form, selections from Kurtág's Játékok, and Debussy’s En blanc et noir. Percussionists David Skidmore and James Michael Deitz (both alumni of Carnegie Hall's Academy program) also collaborate with the duo on Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. On his relationship with fellow pianist and friend, Dénes Várjon, Mr. Schiff said, “He did study with me a little bit, but not formally, just in master classes. I’m very, very fond of him. He’s an excellent musician and ensemble player, very good at chamber music.”

      

    May 2: Two Premieres on Solo Recital in Zankel Hall
    Mr. Schiff performs Bach’s two-part inventions, as well as music by Bartók and Beethoven in a solo recital Zankel Hall on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as well as the US premiere of Rituale - Strém Kálmán in memoriam by György Kurtág, today's leading Hungarian composer and Schiff’s former teacher.

      

    May 3: Making Music: Jörg Widmann
    On Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Mr. Schiff appears on a Making Music program focusing on the music of German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann. The all-Widmann program is moderated by Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen and features performances by soprano Claron McFadden, pianist Shai Wosner, and The Parker Quartet, in addition to Mr. Schiff and Mr. Widmann.

      

    May 5–6: Salzburg Marionette Theater
    Mr. Schiff joins the Salzburg Marionette Theater in Zankel Hall on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux. Also on the program is Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Debussy’s Children’s Corner. The following afternoon, Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m., the troupe performs a Carnegie Hall Family Concert, of Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux, again with Mr. Schiff. This chamber ballet about the adventures of toys that come to life was created especially for András Schiff by the Salzburg Marionette Theater and initially grew out of his relationship with gifted puppeteer Philippe Brunner, with whom he first collaborated when Mr. Brunner was twelve.

      

    May 12: Baritone Christian Gerhaher
    András Schiff concludes his Perspectives series on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. in a recital collaboration with baritone Christian Gerhaher performing songs devoted to the pains of love, including Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Schumann’s Dichterliebe as well as works by Haydn in Zankel Hall.

      

    About the Artist
    András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953 and started piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász. Recitals and special cycles, like the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók form an important part of his activities. Between 2004 and 2009, he performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 20 cities throughout the United States and Europe, a project recorded live in the Zürich Tonhalle and released in eight volumes for ECM New Series.

    In addition to his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, Mr. Schiff’s performances during the 2011-2012 season include concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Salzburg Marionette Theater at Princeton, as well as recitals with Christian Gerhaher in Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Toronto. Solo recitals will be given in Philadelphia, Boulder, Berkeley, and Napa, CA. Future North American engagements will focus on a two-season project dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.

      

    Mr. Schiff has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but now performs mainly as conductor and soloist. In 1999, Mr. Schiff created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and close friends. In addition to working annually with this orchestra, he also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

    Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography, including recordings for London/Decca (1981-1994), Teldec (1994-1997) and, since 1997, ECM New Series. Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janácek, a solo disc of Schumann piano pieces, the Bach Partitas and his second recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations. He has received several international recording awards, including two Grammy Awards for "Best Classical Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)" for the Bach English Suites, and "Best Vocal Recording" for Schubert's Schwanengesang with tenor Peter Schreier, and was nominated for "Best Classical Album (Without Orchestra)" for the second volume of his Complete Beethoven Sontata recordings for ECM. An all-Schumann disc is expected this fall.

      

    Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives
    Now in its 13th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.

    Previous Perspectives artists have included conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; soprano Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer/songwriter James Taylor. This March 2012, L’Arpeggiata will be the first early music ensemble to present a Perspectives series.

     

    Program Information
    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

    Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
    András Schiff, Piano

    FRANZ SCHUBERT Overture to Die Zauberharfe
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 1
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485

    Tickets: $31–$88
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    Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

    Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
    András Schiff, Piano

    BÉLA BARTÓK Hungarian Peasant Songs
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great"

    Tickets: $31–$88
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    Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Three Part Inventions
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Sonata
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

    Tickets: $36–$108
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    Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF MASTER CLASS


    Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Tickets: $15
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    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT


    Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Tickets: $15
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    MUZSIKÁS

    András Schiff, Piano

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    Tickets: $34, $40
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    Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano
    DÉNES VÁRJON, Piano
    David Skidmore, Percussion
    James Michael Deitz, Percussion

    ROBERT SCHUMANN (arr. CLAUDE DEBUSSY) Six Etudes in Canonic Form
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
    BÉLA BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

    Tickets: $49, $62
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    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Major, BWV 772
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Major, BWV 781
    BÉLA BARTÓK Selections from For Children
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in D Minor, BWV 775
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Major, BWV 779
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Minor, BWV 784
    BÉLA BARTÓK Three Burlesques
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E-flat Major, BWV 776
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in G Minor, BWV 782
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B-flat Major, BWV 785
    JÖRG WIDMANN New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Minor, BWV 778
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in E Major, BWV 777
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in B Minor, BWV 786
    BÉLA BARTÓK Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in F Minor, BWV 780
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in A Major, BWV 783
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Invention in C Minor, BWV 773
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Bagatelles, Op. 126
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée I from Hommage à Bartók
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Adieu, Haydée II from Hommage à Bartók
    GYÖRGY KURTÁG Rituale - Strém Kálmán in memoriam (US Premiere)
    BÉLA BARTÓK Out of Doors

    Tickets: $49, $62
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    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    MAKING MUSIC: JÖRG WIDMANN

    Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
    Claron McFadden, Soprano
    András Schiff, Piano
    Shai Wosner, Piano
    The Parker Quartet
    •• Daniel Chong, Violin
    •• Karen Kim, Violin
    •• Jessica Bodner, Viola
    •• Kee-Hyun Kim, Cello
    Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator

    ALL-JÖRG WIDMANN PROGRAM
    Fieberphantasie
    Intermezzi
    Five Fragments
    Versuch über die Fuge


    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $30
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    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATER
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Children's Corner
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujoux

    Tickets: $60, $75
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    Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: SALZBURG MARIONETTE THEATER
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF
    , Piano

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY La boîte à joujoux

    Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders.

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by generous endowment gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

    Tickets: $9, $15
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    Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    CHRISTIAN GERHAHER
    , Baritone
    ANDRÁS SCHIFF, Piano

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    •• Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend
    •• Wo die Berge so blau
    •• Leichte Segler in den Höhen
    •• Diese Wolken in den Höhen
    •• Es kehret der Maien
    •• Nimm sie hin denn diese Lieder
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    •• Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
    •• Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
    •• Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
    •• Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
    •• Ich will meine Seele tauchen
    •• Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
    •• Ich grolle nicht
    •• Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen
    •• Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
    •• Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
    •• Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
    •• Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
    •• Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
    •• Allnächtlich im Traume
    •• Aus alten Märchen
    •• Die alten, bösen Lieder
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Ballade des Harfners ," Op. 98a, No. 2
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß," Op. 98a, No. 4
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt," Op. 98a, No. 6
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "An die Türen will ich schleichen," Op. 98a, No. 8
    JOSEPH HAYDN "The Spirit's Song," Hob. XXVIa:41
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Content," Hob. XXVIa: 36
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Trost unglücklicher Liebe," Hob. XXVIa: 9
    JOSEPH HAYDN "Geistliches Lied," Hob. XXVIa: 17
    JOSEPH HAYDN "The Wanderer," Hob. XXVIa:32
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN "Adelaide," Op. 46

    This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

    Tickets: $43, $52

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