Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists II

Charismatic artists, each at the peak of their interpretive powers, give electrifying performances of chamber music and song classics. Yefim Bronfman partners with the legendary Emerson String Quartet in Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major on a program that includes the quartet performing works by Beethoven, Purcell, and Britten. Anne-Sophie Mutter's eclectic program features Grieg and Franck, a Kreisler showpiece, and music by André Previn and Sebastian Currier. Gidon Kremer and Daniil Trifonov come together for a concert that spans Mozart to Philip Glass. The series concludes with one of the great vocalists of any generation, Jessye Norman, mesmerizing audiences with musical theater favorites and American standards by Arlen, Bernstein, Gershwin, and others.

Emerson String Quartet
Yefim Bronfman

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Gidon Kremer
Daniil Trifonov

Jessye Norman
Mark Markham

Emerson String Quartet
Yefim Bronfman

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Emerson String Quartet
·· Eugene Drucker, Violin
·· Philip Setzer, Violin
·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola
·· Paul Watkins, Cello
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
PURCELL Chaconne in G Minor (arr. Britten)
BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C Major
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major

Encore:BRAHMS JOHANNES BRAHMS Andante, un poco adagio, from Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
String music by two of England’s greatest composers and works by two German masters make for a thrilling evening of chamber music. Purcell’s great Chaconne is featured in Britten’s inventive arrangement for strings, while Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 pays tribute to Purcell’s Chaconne in his quartet’s powerful finale. Beethoven dubbed his F-Minor Quartet “Quartetto serioso,” thanks to its intensity and drive. Schumann’s Piano Quintet is an exuberant and inventive work from its opening movement to its thrilling closing double fugue.

Listen

Schumann's Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44 (Allegro brillante)

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Emerson String Quartet | Menahem Pressler, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Anne-Sophie Mutter

The Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano
Roman Patkoló, Double Bass

Program

SEBASTIAN CURRIER Ringtone Variations (US Premiere)
ANDRÉ PREVIN Tango Song and Dance
FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

Encore:TCHAIKOVSKY Mélodie from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42
The Washington Post wrote of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, “She plays anything and everything, with scalding beauty.” Ms. Mutter performs sonatas by Beethoven and Franck, while continuing her commitment to living composers in works written for her by Sebastian Currier and André Previn.

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

Listen

Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Lambert Orkis, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Gidon Kremer
Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, January 23, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Gidon Kremer, Violin
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

MOZART Fantasy for Solo Piano, K. 397
WEINBERG Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
MOZART Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481
WEINBERG Solo Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 126
SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 934

Encores:MOZART Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 404
GIYA KANCHELI "Rag-Gidon-Time"
Violin legend Gidon Kremer and the exciting young pianist Daniil Trifonov perform music that spans 18th-century Vienna to the 20th-century Soviet Union. Mozart’s E-flat Sonata features an exciting Rondo finale with variations. Schubert’s deceptively simple Fantasy in C Major also has variations—a virtuoso set on his song “Sei mir gegrüsst” (“I greet you”). The music of Polish-born Soviet composer Weinberg shares common ground with that of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, yet maintains its own original voice—particularly in its use of Jewish folk-like themes. Gidon Kremer, a champion of Weinberg’s music, brings tremendous flair and feeling to two of the composer’s violin works.

Listen

Scubert's Fantasy in C Major, D. 934 (Andante molto)

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Gidon Kremer, Violin | Valery Afanassiev, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Jessye Norman
Mark Markham

Hooray for Love!

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Jessye Norman, Soprano
Mark Markham, Piano
Colin Davin, Guitar and Mandolin
Ron Carter, Double Bass

Program

KERN "The Song Is You"
RODGERS "Lover"
RODGERS "Falling in Love with Love"
SATIE "Je te veux"
RODGERS "With a Song in My Heart"
GERSHWIN "I Got Rhythm"
WEILL "September Song"
KERN "All the Things You Are"
GERSHWIN "But Not for Me"
POULENC "Les chemins de l'amour"
GERSHWIN "The Man I Love"
ELLINGTON "Sophisticated Lady"
ARLEN "Stormy Weather"
GERSHWIN "Love Walked In"
BERNSTEIN "Lucky to Be Me"
ARLEN "Hooray for Love"
PORTER "In the Still of the Night"
SCOTTO "J'ai deux amours"
DUKE "April in Paris"
BIZET "Quand je vous aimerai - Habanera" from Carmen

Encores:RODGERS "My Funny Valentine"
ARLEN "Hooray for Love"
In a special program of classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, Jessye Norman is sure to captivate audiences with selections by Arlen, Bernstein, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, and Ellington, plus songs by Satie, Weill, Poulenc, Bizet, and others.

Listen

Duke Ellington's 'Heaven'

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Jessye Norman, Soprano | Mark Markham, Piano
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