Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos I

Some of the world’s greatest pianists display their own musical styles and spectacular technique in this series. It’s not to be missed, with the distinctive Murray Perahia and the inquisitive Jeremy Denk, the charismatic Piotr Anderszewski and profound Maurizio Pollini, and last but not least, the pyrotechnic Yuja Wang.

Postponed: Murray Perahia

Piotr Anderszewski

Jeremy Denk

Maurizio Pollini

Yuja Wang

Postponed: Murray Perahia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, November 2, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Murray Perahia, Piano

Program

HAYDN Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 24
SCHUBERT Moments musicaux, D. 780
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"
SCHUMANN Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
CHOPIN Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1
Due to the ongoing closure of West 57th Street in Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy, this performance, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been relocated to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and rescheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders should retain their tickets for exchange at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office on Sunday, beginning at 12 noon.

Listen

Schumann's Faschingsschuwank Aus Wien (Allegro)


Murray Perahia, Piano
Sony

Piotr Anderszewski

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Piotr Anderszewski, Piano

Program

BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
BACH English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

Encore:BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
"It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with pianist Piotr Anderszewski’s sensitive touch and potent imagination" (The New York Times). The charismatic pianist brings his ingenious interpretational prowess to some of Bach’s most spirited and popular keyboard works, including his sublimely beautiful Italian Concerto. The program also includes selections from his English and French dance suites—early works that have little to do with France and England, and everything to do with Bach’s genius in creating complex yet inviting and eminently listenable music.

Listen

Bach's English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 (Gavotte)


Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
Virgin Classics

Jeremy Denk

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, March 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Jeremy Denk, Piano

Program

BARTÓK Piano Sonata
LISZT "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" Prelude after J.S. Bach, S. 179
LISZT Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 123 from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année
LISZT Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata, from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année
LISZT Isoldes Liebestod, from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
BACH Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 869
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Jeremy Denk is an extraordinary musician whose intelligent programs leave audiences both amazed by his virtuosity and stimulated by his musical depth. Simply put, he is “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times). On this program, he plays works by Liszt, Bach, Beethoven, and Bartók.

Listen

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


Jeremy Denk, Piano
Nonesuch

Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, April 21, 2013 | 3 PM

Performers

Maurizio Pollini, Piano

Program

CHOPIN Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
CHOPIN Ballade in F Major, Op. 38
CHOPIN Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
CHOPIN Four Mazurkas, Op. 33
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
DEBUSSY Préludes, Book I

Encores:DEBUSSY "Pour les arpèges composés," No. 5, from Etudes, Book II
CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
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

Chopin's Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45


Maurizio Pollini, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Yuja Wang, Piano

Program

RACHMANINOFF Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor (1931 edition)
LOWELL LIEBERMANN Gargoyles, Op. 29
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 6 in G Major, Op. 62
RAVEL La valse

Encores:RACHMANINOFF Élégie in E-flat minor from Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No.1
PROKOFIEV Toccata in D Minor, Op.1
HOROWITZ Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
LISZT "Gretchen am Spinnrade" from Six Songs of Franz Schubert
Coast to coast, the young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has been astounding almost everyone who hears her. She’s a dazzling virtuoso who leaves audiences breathless and emotionally spent, sparking comparisons to Horowitz by critics from both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post.

Listen

Ravel's La valse


Yuja Wang, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon