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
intimacy of Zankel Hall.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 7:30 PM
Olli Mustonen, Piano
BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61
RACHMANINOFF Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32
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.
Monday, January 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN Barcarolle (NY Premiere)
MEDTNER Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, "Night Wind"
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano
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
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM
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
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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