Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists I

World-class artists perform riveting repertoire on a variety of instruments in this series. The superstar duo of violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang perform works by Schumann and Brahms in a concert that also features music associated with Italy, including Respighi's Violin Sonata and Stravinsky's Suite italienne; András Schiff explores the fascinating final sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert; and Anne-Sophie Muttter, Yefim Bronfman, and Lynn Harrell form a power trio for masterpieces by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Leonidas Kavakos
Yuja Wang

Sir András Schiff

The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio

Leonidas Kavakos
Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yuja Wang, Piano

Program

BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major
SCHUMANN Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor
RAVEL Violin Sonata (posthumous)
RESPIGHI Violin Sonata in B Minor

Encores:STRAVINSKY Danse Russe from Pétrouchka
BRAHMS Scherzo from "FAE" Sonata
The New York Times has cited violinist Leonidas Kavakos’s playing for its “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism,” while the San Francisco Chronicle called Yuja Wang “… quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today.” The superstar duo performs Schumann’s passionate Violin Sonata No. 2 and Brahms’s melodic Violin Sonata No. 2. Written during his years as a student and not published until after his death, Ravel's Violin Sonata is a charmingingly lyrical work, while Respighi's Violin Sonata in B Minor moves the heart with its haunting slow movement and quickens the pulse with daredevil fireworks in its finale.

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Stravinsky's Suite Italienne

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Leonidas Kavakos, Violin | Peter Nagy, Piano
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Sir András Schiff

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Program

HAYDN Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
MOZART Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958

Encores:SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
SCHUBERT Moment musical in F Minor, D. 780, No. 3
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 6
Sir András Schiff explores the fascinating final sonatas of four great masters. Haydn’s C-Major Sonata, an extraordinarily playful work written during his second visit to London, takes advantage of the innovations that English piano makers achieved by extending the range of the instrument. Mozart’s C-Major Sonata, featuring the delicate “In an 18th-Century Drawing Room” theme, is an enduring favorite. But Beethoven slammed the door on the drawing room with late piano sonatas like his daring Sonata No. 30, while Schubert’s C-Minor Sonata is one of his most dramatic works.

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Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 60 in C Major (Allegro molto)

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András Schiff, Piano
Elatus

The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio
·· Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
·· Yefim Bronfman, Piano
·· Lynn Harrell, Cello

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, "Archduke"
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor

Encore:SHOSTAKOVICH Allegro con brio from Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio was named for his patron Rudolf of Austria. The large-scale and seamless integration of the three instruments was unprecedented and set the tone for the great trios of Schubert, Brahms, Dvořák, and others. Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor was dedicated to his mentor Nikolai Rubinstein, the founder of the Moscow Conservatory. With its opening “Pezzo elegiaco” (“Elegiac Piece”) and brilliant set of variations on a folk theme, Tchaikovsky’s Trio is an impassioned masterpiece.

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Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat Major (Allegro moderato)

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Arthur Rubenstein, Piano | Jascha Heifetz, Violin | Emanuel Feuermann, Cello
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