Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos I

The excitement is always palpable when one of the world's greatest pianists sits before the keyboard on the Carnegie Hall stage. In this series, five renowned pianists—Maurizio Pollini, Daniil Trifonov, Piotr Anderszewski, Murray Perahia, and Stephen Hough—fill that role, each bringing their own unique artistic personality that dazzles critics and audiences alike.

Maurizio Pollini

Daniil Trifonov

Piotr Anderszewski

Murray Perahia

Stephen Hough

Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 3 PM

Performers

Maurizio Pollini, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Arabeske in C Major
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana
CHOPIN Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor
CHOPIN Berceuse in D-flat Major
CHOPIN Polonaise in A-flat Major

Encores:CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
A perfect combination of intellect and insight grace Maurizio Pollini’s performances, bringing a fabulously sensitive touch, subtlety, and a grasp of form that is unparalleled. The Boston Globe declared, “Pollini makes an elegant craftsman. The result is exceptionally intelligent expression, craft so accomplished it thrills on its own terms.” Pollini returns to Carnegie Hall in one of the season’s most eagerly awaited recitals.

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Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - Äusserst bewegt


Maurizio Pollini, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

BACH Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in G Minor, BWV 542 (trans. for piano by Franz Liszt, S. 463)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
LISZT Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

Encore:MEDTNER "Alla Reminiscenza" from Forgotten Melodies I, Op. 38
A sensation before he was 20, Daniil Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon. This program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, about which the Financial Times (London) said, “It was in the Liszt … that he came into his own—a titanic performance, projected with a confidence and relish that masked the music’s ferocious technical challenges beneath a mastery of its tempestuous surges and swings of mood; and without a whiff of exaggeration."

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Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: Andante sostenuto


Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Piotr Anderszewski

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Piotr Anderszewski, Piano

Program

BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831
SCHUMANN Novelette in F-sharp Minor, Op. 21, No. 8
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
BACH English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808

Encores:BARTÓK Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csík, BB 45b
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Major, Op. 126, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Minor, Op. 126, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 3
“It can be hard not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with the pianist Piotr Anderszewski's sensitive touch and potent imagination,” declared The New York Times. Known for his individuality and fresh interpretations, Anderszewski is renowned for his musical intellect and thoughtful approach. The Guardian said, “The tone and touch of Anderszewski's playing are so seductive that it is easy to forget how classically correct a musician he is.”

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Chopin's Mazurka No. 39 in B Major, Op. 63 No. 1


Piotr Anderszewski, Piano
Erato

Murray Perahia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Murray Perahia, Piano

Program

BACH French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 46
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les Adieux"
FRANCK Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1
In the more than 40 years he has been performing, pianist Murray Perahia has left audiences around the world breathless. “You've never heard a pianist who considers each note with such deep care. No phrase is left unconsidered; every line of the score has been probed to make it as musical as possible,” proclaimed The Seattle Times.

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Brahms's Ballade in G Minor, Op. 118, No. 3


Murray Perahia, Piano
Sony Music Entertainment

Stephen Hough

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Stephen Hough, Piano

Program

DEBUSSY La plus que lente
DEBUSSY Estampes
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor
DEBUSSY Children's Corner
DEBUSSY L’isle joyeuse
Stephen Hough writes, "Chopin is more like Solomon, reaching out for one of the Queen of Sheba's more exotic perfumes, nostrils quivering with the intoxicating, heady harmonies." That insight is evident in his playing, which the San Francisco Chronicle lauded for its utmost intimacy and lyricism. The program also includes works by Debussy.

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Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47


Stephen Hough, Piano
Hyperion