Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists II

Leading musical interpreters of our time explore the classical repertoire in traditional and unique programs in this multifaceted series. It's a thrilling match of great music with the superb artistry of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Magdalena Kožená with Yefim Bronfman, Midori, and more. These audience favorites are masters of their craft, bringing their magnetism and remarkable musicianship to the world's finest recital stage.

 


Midori
Özgür Aydin

Magdalena Kožená
Yefim Bronfman

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Ivari Ilja

Maurizio Pollini

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)

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Midori, Violin | Robert McDonald, Piano
Sony Classical

Magdalena Kožená
Yefim Bronfman

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 23, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Magdalena Kožená, Mezzo-Soprano
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Program

MUSSORGSKY The Nursery
MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE Three Melodies on a Poem of Ezra Pound (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
RAVEL Histoires naturelles
·· Le Paon
·· Le Grillon
·· Le Cygne
·· Le Martin-pêcheur
·· Le Pintade
RACHMANINOFF Songs, Op. 38
BARTÓK Dorfszenen

Encores:SCHUMANN "Wehmut" from Liederkreis, Op.39
FAURÉ "Rêve d’amour," Op. 5, No. 2
The New York Times has called Magdalena Kožená “a true lyric mezzo-soprano voice, with dusky colorings that stem from her low register yet carry through into her shimmering high notes.” She’s joined on this program by the incomparable Yefim Bronfman.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Dvořák's "Evening Songs"

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Magdalena Kožená, Mezzo-Soprano | Radoslav Kvapil, Piano | Kocian Quartet
ASV

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Ivari Ilja

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Ivari Ilja, Piano

Program

RACHMANINOFF "Child, thou art as beautiful as a flower," Op. 8, No. 2
RACHMANINOFF "Morning," Op. 4, No. 2
RACHMANINOFF "At the gates of the Holy cloister"
RACHMANINOFF "In my soul," Op. 14, No. 10
RACHMANINOFF "Night is mournful," Op. 26, No. 12
RACHMANINOFF "Do you remember the evening"
RACHMANINOFF "Again I am alone," Op. 26, No. 9
RACHMANINOFF "How fair this spot," Op. 21, No. 7
RACHMANINOFF "The raising of Lazarus," Op. 34, No. 6
RACHMANINOFF "Lilacs," Op. 21, No. 5
RACHMANINOFF "I wait for thee," Op. 14, No. 1
SVIRIDOV Selections from "Petersburg"
·· "The weathercock"
·· "The golden oar"
·· "The bride"
·· "A voice from the chorus"
·· "I am nailed to a tavern counter"
·· "The breeze has brought from far away"
·· "Petersburg song"
·· "Those born in obscure years"
·· "The virgin city"

Encores:RACHMANINOFF "In the Silence of the Secret Night"
VALENTE/TAGLIAFERRI "Passione"
TRAD. "Little Night"
TRAD. "Goodbye, Happiness"
Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky “is redolent of luxury: beautiful tone, pinpoint intonation, elegant and impassioned delivery” (The New York Times). One of our true classical-music superstars, Hvorostovsky returns to Carnegie Hall with his frequent musical collaborator, Ivari Ilja.

Listen

Rachmaninoff's "In my soul," Op. 14, No. 10

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Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 3 PM

Performers

Maurizio Pollini, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor "Appassionata"

Encores:BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 3
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in B Minor, Op. 126, No. 4
Hailed as “the Italian arch-aristocrat of the piano” by The Independent (London), Maurizio Pollini is one of those rare artists whose stature compels you to see him in performance. His craft is “so accomplished, it thrills on its own terms” (The Boston Globe); to witness the “steely brilliance” that is “virtually infallible” (The New York Times), you must hear him play—especially in a venue as special as Carnegie Hall.

Listen

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23, "Appassionata" (Allegro ma non troppo)

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Maurizio Pollini, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon