Carnegie Hall Presents

Brilliant Beethoven - Students

The broad spectrum of Beethoven's compositions are highlighted in this series that features several of his most brilliant works. Violin virtuoso Midori is joined by Özgür Aydin in performances of the composer's sonatas for violin and piano. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall, spotlighting his beloved symphonies. Capping off the journey is preeminent pianist Richard Goode, who showcases a handful of Beethoven's late piano sonatas.

Midori
Özgür Aydin

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Richard Goode

Midori
Özgür Aydin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Midori, Violin
Özgür Aydin, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major
WEBERN Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major
GEORGE CRUMB Four Nocturnes (Night Music II)
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, "Kreutzer"

Encores:DEBUSSY "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" (arr. Hartmann)
KREISLER Tambourin chinois
Beethoven wrote three sonatas for violin and piano in the key of A major, and Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin perform them all on this recital. Of the most famous, the spirited “Kreutzer” Sonata, Midori says, “I am always struck by the sheer energy and control necessary for the bursts of emotional intensity.” The duo brings the same energy and emotional force to Webern’s laconic Four Pieces for Violin and Piano and Crumbs’s Four Nocturnes (Night Music II), a hauntingly delicate work with a prevailing sense of suspension of time.

Listen

Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor (Intermezzo: Très lent et calme)


Midori, Violin | Robert McDonald, Piano
Sony Classical

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 5
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with some of the most memorable and awe-inspiring notes in music history. It’s bold music, perfect for this fearless group of young Arab and Israeli musicians dedicated to making great music as a matter of common interest. The sprightly First and the Eighth complete the concert—the first night of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's complete Beethoven symphony cycle.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (Allegro con brio)


West Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Warner Classics

Richard Goode

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Richard Goode, Piano

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Selections from Bagatelles, Op. 119
·· VI. Andante – Allegro
·· VII. Allegro, ma non troppo
·· VIII. Moderato cantabile
·· IX. Vivace moderato
·· X. Allegramente
·· XI. Andante, ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
“It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Richard Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself,” wrote Allan Kozinn in The New York Times. By now, superlative descriptions of this eminent American pianist have become commonplace anywhere he plays.

Listen

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (Prestissimo)


Richard Goode, Piano
Nonesuch
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (Allegro molto)


Richard Goode, Piano
Nonesuch
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato)


Richard Goode, Piano
Nonesuch