Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes

Preeminent pianists of the 21st century delve into seminal works of earlier centuries in four astonishing evenings of music. Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Rachmaninoff's Preludes, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition are just some of the many beloved works featured on this series. You’ll feel closer than ever to this extraordinary music in the relaxed intimacy of Zankel Hall.

Olli Mustonen

Marc-André Hamelin

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Paul Lewis

Olli Mustonen

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Olli Mustonen, Piano

Program

BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61
RACHMANINOFF Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32

Encore:RACHMANINOFF Prelude in G-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 10
Olli Mustonen is a multifaceted artist in the modern world of classical music, expressing his creative endeavors as a composer, conductor, and concert pianist. Hailed as “a pianist of formidable technique and idiosyncratic style … given his exceptional range of touch and hypersensitivity to dynamics” by The New York Times, the Finnish phenomenon comes to Carnegie Hall for an intimate recital of works by Bach, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

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Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues in D Minor

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Olli Mustonen, Piano
Ondine

Marc-André Hamelin

Zankel Hall
Monday, January 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Program

MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN Barcarolle (NY Premiere)
MEDTNER Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, "Night Wind"
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935

Encores:DEBUSSY CLAUDE DEBUSSY “Reflets dans l’eau” from Images, Book I
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN “Minute Waltz in Seconds”
DE LA SCHLÖZER Etude in A-flat, Op. 1, No. 2
Marc-André Hamelin is one of the smartest pianists playing today. If this description conjures up the image of a pedantic professorial type, think again: Hamelin has established himself as the thinking man’s virtuoso, and virtuosity is his main hallmark.” His performances are “filled with breathtaking energy, like a child plummeting into a swimming pool” (The Washington Post). Hear for yourself when the talented pianist returns to Carnegie Hall for another spellbinding performance.

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Medtner's Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, "Night Wind" (Finale: Allegro)

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Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Hyperion

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano

Program

C. P. E. BACH Rondo in C Minor, Wq. 59, No. 4
MOZART Piano Suite in C Major, K. 399
MOZART Minuet in D Major, K. 355
MOZART Gigue, K. 574
C. P. E. BACH Sonata in E Minor, Wq. 59, No. 1
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
MOZART Prelude and Fugue in C Major, K. 394
MOZART Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331

Encore:MOZART Andante Cantabile from Piano Sonata in C Major, K330
“A vigorously intelligent musician, well equipped with the technique to back up some extraordinary new ideas about old music” (The Boston Globe), Kristian Bezuidenhout is a master technician of a variety of keyboard instruments, including the modern piano and the harpsichord. Also hailed as “one of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant, of today’s fortepiano players” (The Times, London), Bezuidenhout has won the prestigious first prize and the audience prize at the Bruges International Fortepiano Competition and comes to Carnegie Hall to showcase his skill on this instrument.

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Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475

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Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano
Harmonia Mundi

Paul Lewis

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Paul Lewis

Program

BACH Chorale Prelude on "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 659 (arr. Busoni)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, "quasi una fantasia"
BACH Chorale Prelude on "Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 639 (arr. Busoni)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, "Moonlight"
LISZT Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort
LISZT Unstern! Sinistre, disastro
LISZT R. W.—Venezia
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Encore:LISZT Piano Piece in F-sharp Major, No. 4 from Fünf kleine Klavierstücke, S. 192
“Faced with such excellence, a mere critic can only abandon paper and pencil and listen to this heroic but deeply moving young artist with awe and amazement,” praised Gramophone of a recent recital by Paul Lewis. The talented pianist comes to Carnegie Hall with a program that spans the most beloved and well-known works in the keyboard repertoire, including Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, "Moonlight"

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Paul Lewis, Piano
Harmonia Mundi