Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions III

Two superb pianists, an ensemble of star orchestral players, and an exciting young chamber orchestra appears in a series where the repertoire fascinates and the artists dazzle. Jeremy Denk performs Mozart on a program that includes The Knights, conducted by Robert Spano, in the New York premiere of The Classical Style, a comic miniature opera composed by Steven Stucky set to a libretto by Denk. Inspired by Charles Rosen’s famous musicological work of the same name, absurd humor and great music mix in this opera buffa where chords are characters who share the stage with Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and characters from Mozart’s operas. Richard Goode, one of the statesmen of the piano, is joined by young soloists in beloved works of Schumann and Brahms; and The MET Chamber Ensemble, conducted by James Levine, explores the revolutionary music of Stravinsky, Ives, Carter, Cage, and Charles Wuorinen.

The Classical Style

Richard Goode and Friends

The MET Chamber Ensemble

The Classical Style

Zankel Hall
Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Jeremy Denk, Piano
The Knights
Robert Spano, Conductor
Mary Birnbaum, Director
Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Rachel Calloway, Mezzo-Soprano
Peabody Southwell, Mezzo-Soprano
Dominic Armstrong, Tenor
Keith Jameson, Tenor
Kim Josephson, Baritone
Aubrey Allicock, Bass-Baritone
Ashraf Sewailam, Bass-Baritone

Program

MOZART Rondo in F Major, K. 494
MOZART Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
STEVEN STUCKY / JEREMY DENK The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Jeremy Denk, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, is pianist and librettist in this concert that features the eagerly awaited New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Steven Stucky’s opera The Classical Style. Inspired by Charles Rosen’s famous musicological work of the same name, Stucky and Denk have created an opera buffa where chords are characters sharing the stage with Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and, as Denk describes, “several unnecessary characters.” With absurd humor and great music, The Classical Style is sure to surprise and delight.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Richard Goode and Friends

Zankel Hall
Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 3 PM

Performers

Richard Goode, Piano
Sarah Shafer, Soprano
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Kyle Armbrust, Viola
Brook Speltz, Cello

Program

BRAHMS "Junge Lieder I," Op. 63, No. 5
BRAHMS "Lerchengesang," Op. 70, No. 2
BRAHMS "Mädchenlied," Op. 107, No. 5
SCHUMANN "Des Sennen Abschied," Op. 79, No. 22
SCHUMANN Intermezzo from Liederkreis, Op.39
SCHUMANN "Der Sandmann," Op. 79, No. 12
SCHUMANN "Aufträge," Op. 77, No. 5
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80
SCHUMANN "Kommen und Scheiden," Op. 90, No. 3
SCHUMANN "Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden," Op. 24, No. 5
SCHUMANN "Heiß mich nicht reden," Op. 98a, No. 5
BRAHMS "Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht," Op. 96, No. 1
BRAHMS "Wir wandelten," Op. 96, No. 2
BRAHMS "Botschaft," Op. 47, No. 1
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major
“One thing Richard Goode exemplifies is a return to the values of Romanticism, including freedom of expression, deep emotional involvement in the music, and a technique so masterful it does not need to call attention to itself” (The Washington Post). Goode’s impeccable pianism is at the heart of this program of chamber music and songs by Schumann and Brahms. Sarah Shafer, a singer The New York Times cited for her “light, lucid soprano and a poised presence that easily projects vulnerability and backbone,” sings the highly impassioned songs of the two composers.

Listen

Brahms's Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 (Allegro non troppo)


Isaac Stern, Violin | Jamie Laredo, Viola | Yo-Yo Ma, Cello | Emanuel Ax, Piano
Sony

The MET Chamber Ensemble

Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 5 PM

Performers

The MET Chamber Ensemble
James Levine, Artistic Director and Conductor
Sharon Harms, Soprano
Laura Mercado-Wright, Mezzo-Soprano
Steven Brennfleck, Tenor
Evan Hughes, Bass-Baritone
Douglas Williams, Bass-Baritone

Program

STRAVINSKY Octet
IVES Scherzo: Over the Pavements
CARTER The American Sublime (World Premiere)
CAGE Atlas Eclipticalis
CHARLES WUORINEN It Happens Like This
Music by great 20th-century iconoclasts is featured. The late Elliott Carter’s The American Sublime is given its world premiere performance under the baton of James Levine, for whom it was written. Stravinsky’s Octet for winds is infused with pungent wit, while Ives’s Scherzo: Over the Pavements imitates the rhythms of people walking past his Manhattan apartment.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

John Cage's Atlas Eclipticalis


Chicago Symphony Orchestra | James Levine, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon