Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos I

Several of the world’s greatest pianists—Yuja Wang, András Schiff, Denis Matsuev, Garrick Ohlsson, and Evgeny Kissin—unleash their virtuosic technique and thoughtful interpretations in five not-to-be-missed recitals. This popular series offers audiences the chance to explore truly great keyboard classics with peerless performers.

Yuja Wang

András Schiff

Denis Matsuev

Garrick Ohlsson

Evgeny Kissin

Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Yuja Wang, Piano

Program

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
CHOPIN Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN Variations for Piano, Op. 41
STRAVINSKY Three Movements from Pétrouchka

Encores:RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (arr. Kocsis)
BIZET Carmen Variations (arr. Horowitz)
YOUMANS "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette (arr. Tatum)
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Yuja Wang “is, quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen, and marvel at her artistry” (San Francisco Chronicle). Carnegie Hall audiences can witness this piano phenomenon in action when she returns for another supercharged recital.

Listen

Stravinsky's Pétrouchka Three Movements, "Danse russe"

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Yuja Wang, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

András Schiff

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

Performers

András Schiff, Piano

Program

BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
BEETHOVEN Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Encore:BEETHOVEN Arietta from Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
"András Schiff would make Bach proud," proclaimed New York magazine of one of his recent performances. In fact, "there is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach" (The New York Times). The peerless pianist comes to Carnegie Hall to perform one of the composer’s most beloved series of keyboard works, the Goldberg Variations, as well as its counterpart from the Classical period, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

Listen

Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 ("Aria")

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András Schiff, Piano
Decca

Denis Matsuev

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, June 15, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Denis Matsuev, Piano

Program

HAYDN Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 52
SCHUMANN Carnaval, Op. 9
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
TCHAIKOVSKY Dumka in C Minor, Op. 59
TCHAIKOVSKY Méditation, Op. 72, No. 5
RACHMANINOFF Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor

Encores:TCHAIKOVSKY "May" from The Seasons, Op. 37b, No. 5
SIBELIUS "Etude" from Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76, No. 2 in A Minor
SCRIABIN Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12
LIADOV A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32
LISZT Etude d’exécution transcendante No. 10 in F Minor
STRAYHORN Take the "A" Train (arr. Matsuev)
Due to illness, Denis Matsuev’s scheduled recital on January 30 has been postponed to Sunday, June 15 at 8 PM. All tickets for the original date will be honored. For further information, please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Hailed “as the successor to Russian keyboard lions like Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and … Vladimir Horowitz” (The New York Times), Denis Matsuev has been establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Ever since his triumphant victory at the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has been winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his combination of stunning virtuosity and clear artistic identity. The dynamic pianist returns to Carnegie Hall for a recital of works by Haydn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.

Listen

Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5

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Denis Matsuev, Piano
RCA Red Seal

Garrick Ohlsson

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 2 PM

Performers

Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 760, "Wanderer Fantasy"
GRIFFES "The Fountain of Acqua Paola" from Roman Sketches
GRIFFES Scherzo from Fantasy Pieces
GRIFFES "The White Peacock" from Roman Sketches
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

Encores:CHOPIN Grand Valse brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 18
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin since winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1970, Garrick Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire that ranges the entire piano literature. After being praised for his "remarkable assurance in executing wicked pyrotechnics … with extraordinary power and demonic furor" by The New York Times at his last Carnegie Hall engagement, he returns with a recital of piano sonatas by Beethoven and Chopin, Schubert’s "Wanderer Fantasy," and works by Griffes.

Listen

Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato)

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Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Evgeny Kissin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, March 10, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Evgeny Kissin, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in D Major, D. 850
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19
SCRIABIN Etude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 2
SCRIABIN Etude in B Major, Op. 8, No. 4
SCRIABIN Etude in E Major, Op. 8, No. 5
SCRIABIN Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 8, No. 8
SCRIABIN Etude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 9
SCRIABIN Etude in B-flat Minor, Op. 8, No. 11
SCRIABIN Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Encores:BACH Siciliano from Sonata for Flute and Keyboard in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 (arr. Kempff)
SCRIABIN Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 42, No. 5
CHOPIN Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53
“So compelling is Evgeny Kissin’s pianism,” writes The Times (London), “so fresh his response to even the most familiar phrases that one hangs on every note.” The stellar pianist has proven that he is one of the greatest interpreters of our time, and there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation leading up to one of his recitals—especially those at Carnegie Hall.