Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos II

Featuring both quintessential classics and stunning new works, this sensational series highlights keyboard compositions that span more than two centuries performed by new heroes and legendary masters of the genre. András Schiff, Jonathan Biss, Daniil Trifonov, Mitsuko Uchida, and Emanuel Ax enthrall audiences with their artistic mastery and remarkable interpretations.

András Schiff

Jonathan Biss

Daniil Trifonov

Mitsuko Uchida

Emanuel Ax

András Schiff

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

Performers

András Schiff, Piano

Program

BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
BACH Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
BACH Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
BACH Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
BACH Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

Encore:BACH Invention in C Major, BWV 772
“This is just marvelous,” proclaimed The Guardian of master pianist András Schiff’s performance of Bach’s Partitas. “Every note of the music is in Schiff's blood and, through his recent experience of conducting, he seems to have absorbed varied instrumental textures, breathtaking spontaneity, extrovert ornamentation, and whimsical rhythmic freedom.” Hear for yourself when Schiff comes to Carnegie Hall to perform the complete dance suites.

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Bach's Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 (Capriccio)

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András Schiff, Piano
Decca

Jonathan Biss

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Jonathan Biss, Piano

Program

BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 119
GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok
·· Antiphone in F-sharp
·· Like the flowers of the field?
·· Hommage à Jeney
·· Fanfare to Judit Maros' wedding
·· Hommage à Schubert
·· (...and round and round it goes)
·· Farewell, S.W.
·· Birthday elegy for Judit - for the second finger of her left hand
CHOPIN Nocturnes, Op. 62
CHOPIN Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"

Encore:BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 119, No. 1
Hailed as “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), Jonathan Biss has embarked on an ambitious project to record the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. “His journey will be well worth following,” proclaimed The New York Times, and Carnegie Hall audiences get the chance to do so live when the intrepid pianist performs two of the sonatas from the cycle, including the "Waldstein," in a recital with works by Brahms, Chopin, and György Kurtág.

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, February 6, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

STRAVINSKY Serenade in A
DEBUSSY CLAUDE DEBUSSY Selections from Images, Book I
·· Reflets dans l'eau
·· Mouvement
RAVEL Selections from Miroirs
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (with posthumous etudes)

Encores:CHOPIN Prelude in A-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 17
CHOPIN Prelude in B-flat minor, Op. 28, No. 16
DANIIL TRIFONOV Scherzo from Piano Sonata
Dynamo pianist Daniil Trifonov has not only earned critical acclaim, but has garnered the respect and admiration of his peers as well. In a recent interview in the Financial Times, pianist Martha Argerich proclaimed, “what he does with his hands is technically incredible ... I never heard anything like that.” Hear his “dazzling technique” with “elegant touch and witty grace in more lighthearted moments and poetic insight in more introspective passages” (The New York Times) in this not-to-be-missed Carnegie Hall recital.

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Schubert's "Erlkönig"

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Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Mariinsky

Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
BEETHOVEN Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
Praised by The New York Times when she last appeared at Carnegie Hall as “among the most respected artists of our time” for her “probing and magisterial performances” of Schubert’s last three sonatas, Mitsuko Uchida returns to perform his Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894, a work Robert Schumann considered Schubert’s most perfect in form and spirit. Also on the program is Beethoven’s all-encompassing and transcendent Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli.

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Schubert's  Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894, (Allegretto)

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Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Phillips

Emanuel Ax

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Emanuel Ax, Piano

Program

BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2
BRETT DEAN Hommage à Brahms (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 119
MISSY MAZZOLI Bolts of Loving Thunder (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel

Encore:BRAHMS Intermezzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2
Emanuel Ax is "an extremely satisfying pianist; he is at home in a wide variety of music and his pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” (The Washington Post). The multifaceted music-maker shows off his command of a wide array of repertoire with this inventive program that honors Brahms’s legacy, pairing keyboard classics by Brahms with the New York premieres of stunning new works by acclaimed contemporary composers Brett Dean and Missy Mazzoli.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.

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Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel (Fuga moderato)

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Emanuel Ax, Piano
Sony Classical