Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos II

In music spanning the depth and brilliance of Bach to the radiant color of Debussy and beyond, five of the world's finest pianists—Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuja Wang, András Schiff, Richard Goode, and Evgeny Kissin—show how it's done. Their recitals promise piercing beauty and breathless excitement.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Yuja Wang

Sir András Schiff

Richard Goode

Evgeny Kissin

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

Program

BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
The New York Times wrote of Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach, “… the music had a severe and wondrous beauty.” Aimard performs the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a set of 24 preludes and fugues in the 12 major and minor keys. Here, Bach takes an academic tuning exercise and creates one of the great keyboard works, renowned for its intellectual depth and technical brilliance.

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Bach's Art of the Fugue - Contrapunctus 9. a 4 alla Duodecima


Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Yuja Wang, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT / LISZT "Liebesbotschaft" from Schwanengesang, D. 957 / S. 560
SCHUBERT / LISZT "Aufenthalt" from Schwanengesang, D. 957 / S. 560
SCHUBERT / LISZT "Der Müller und der Bach" from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 / S. 565
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959
SCRIABIN Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9, No. 1
SCRIABIN Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11, No. 8
SCRIABIN Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28
SCRIABIN Prelude in B-flat Minor, Op. 37, No. 1
SCRIABIN Two Poems, Op. 63
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, "Black Mass"
BALAKIREV Islamey

Encores:SCHUMANN "Der Kontrabandiste, Bar," Op. 74, No. 10 (arr. Tausig)
SCHUBERT "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D. 118 (arr. Liszt)
BIZET Carmen Variations (arr. Horowitz)
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
YOUMANS "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette (arr. Tatum)
The dazzling pianist absolutely everyone is talking about, Yuja Wang astounded Carnegie Hall audiences last season with her solo recital. You cannot miss the return of the musician about whom the San Francisco Chronicle says “is quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen, and marvel at her artistry.”

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Scriabin Etude in in C-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 9


Yuja Wang, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Sir András Schiff

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
HAYDN Piano Sonata in D Major, Hob. HVI: 51
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Sir András Schiff performs final piano sonatas by four great composers of the Austro-German tradition. The Classical era is represented by Haydn’s charming Sonata in D Major and Mozart’s B-flat–Major Sonata. Beethoven bridges the Classical and the Romantic eras and, in his profound Sonata No. 31, explores a new world of keyboard invention. Schubert’s Sonata in A Major is bold and lyrical with an especially daring Andantino of startling key changes.

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Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 61 in D Major (Finale - Presto)


András Schiff, Piano
Elatus

Richard Goode

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 24, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Richard Goode, Piano

Program

MOZART Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 76
DEBUSSY Children's Corner
SCHUMANN Humoreske in B-flat Major

Encores:JANÁČEK "Good Night!" from On the Overgrown Path, Book I
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in B Minor, Op. 126, No. 4
“It’s virtually impossible to walk away from one of Richard Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about the pianism itself,” wrote The New York Times. Goode has plenty of insights to share in a program that features a revelatory Beethoven sonata, a Debussy work sparkling with radiant color, and brilliant music by Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms.

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Brahms's Klavierstücke, Op. 76; No. 5: Capriccio in C-sharp Minor


Richard Goode, Piano
Nonesuch

Evgeny Kissin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Evgeny Kissin, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Minor
CHOPIN Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
CHOPIN Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
CHOPIN Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
CHOPIN Mazurka in F-sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 1
CHOPIN Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 2
CHOPIN Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
CHOPIN Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2
CHOPIN Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
CHOPIN Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor, "Rákóczi-Marsch"

Encores:CHOPIN Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2
LISZT Etude No. 5 in E Major, “La Chasse” (after Niccolò Paganini, Caprice No. 9 in E Major)
PROKOFIEV March from The Love for Three Oranges
Evgeny Kissin is always exciting, but never more so than when he performs music by composers with whom he is most closely associated. Kissin returns to Carnegie Hall with works by his repertoire staples—Chopin and Liszt—as well as sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev. The nocturne form was conceived by Irish composer John Field, but Chopin reinvented it with an inspired infusion of song-like melodies. While based on a traditional Polish dance, Chopin’s mazurkas are dazzlingly original showpieces that offer striking harmonic invention and breathless flights of technical brilliance.