Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos II

Scintillating and bewitching, magical and intoxicating. This remarkable series features Chopin preludes performed by Daniil Trifonov, Grand Prize Winner at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition; Debussy preludes performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard; and music of Chopin and Schumann from Stephen Hough. You will also hear two long-time favorite visitors to Carnegie Hall: Mitsuko Uchida and Evgeny Kissin.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Daniil Trifonov

Stephen Hough

Mitsuko Uchida

Evgeny Kissin

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

Program

DEBUSSY Preludes, Book II
HEINZ HOLLIGER Elis (Three Night Pieces)
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (with posthumous etudes)

Encore:CARTER "Fratribute" from Tri-Tribute
Debussy’s Preludes reveal the composer’s genius at creating images in sound: Each of the pieces reveals a different color, an individual mood. With a “knack for illuminating connections among the works he plays” (The New York Times), Pierre-Laurent Aimard brings selections from Debussy’s masterful miniatures to Carnegie Hall, along with music by Heinz Holliger and Schumann’s fiendishly difficult Symphonic Etudes.

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Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13, XVIII Etude 12 - Finale


Pierre-Lauent Aimard, Piano
Warner Classics

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Carnegie Hall Recital Debut

Program

SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 2
LISZT Piano Sonata in B Minor
CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Encores:MEDTNER Fairy Tale in E-flat Major, Op. 26, No. 2
BACH Gavotte from Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (arr. Rachmaninoff)
STRAVINSKY/AGOSTI "Infernal Dance" from The Firebird
Daniil Trifonov won the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition with a musical maturity beyond his years, and made his triumphant Carnegie Hall debut last season with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Now, he performs in his first Carnegie Hall recital with a program that features works by Scriabin and Liszt, along with Chopin’s dazzling Preludes.

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Chopin's Scherzo for Piano No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, CT. 199


Daniil Trifinov, Piano
Fryderyk Chopin Society

Stephen Hough

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, March 4, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Stephen Hough, Piano

Program

CHOPIN Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
STEPHEN HOUGH Piano Sonata No. 2, "Notturno luminoso" (NY Premiere)
SCHUMANN Carnaval

Encores:LOVE "Das alte Lied"
CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
Stephen Hough’s performances are always imbued with deep warmth and sensitivity. On this program, he performs Schumann’s Carnaval, along with Brahms’s massive Third Sonata and music by Chopin.

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Brahms's Sonata for Piano No. 3 in F Minor, Scherzo


Stephen Hough, Piano
Hyperion

Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

BACH Prelude and Fugue in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870
BACH Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 883
SCHOENBERG Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
SCHUMANN Waldszenen, Op. 82
SCHUMANN Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
SCHUMANN Fünf Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133

Encores:D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 9
MOZART Andante cantabile from Sonata in C Major, K.330
Writing in London’s Independent, Edward Seckerson gushes that Mitsuko Uchida is "peerless [and] magical.” She is an amazing performer, and in this recital her uncanny musical poise is on display.

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Schoenberg's Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 (Leicht, zart)


Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Phillips

Evgeny Kissin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 7 PM

Performers

Evgeny Kissin, Piano

Program

HAYDN Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
SCHUBERT Impromptu in F Minor, D. 935, No. 1
SCHUBERT Impromptu in B-flat Major, D. 935, No. 3
SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
SCHUBERT Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 899, No. 4
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor

Encores:GLUCK Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice (arr. Sgambati)
LISZT Etude No. 10 in F Minor
LISZT "Die Forelle," D. 564 (after Schubert, D. 550)
Evgeny Kissin is one of the great pianists of our time, and there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation leading up to any one of his recitals—especially at Carnegie Hall.

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Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor


Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon