Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes

Three of the most exciting pianists of our time are featured in intimate Zankel Hall recitals that reveal the boundless expressive possibilities of the instrument. Award-winning Rafał Blechacz brings an eclectic program from Mozart to Szymanowski; Alexandre Tharaud displays his wizardry in music that spans the French Baroque to Biedermeier Vienna; and Kirill Gerstein shows why the etude is much more than a technical exercise when it’s written by Bach, Liszt, and Bartók.

Rafal Blechacz

Alexandre Tharaud

Kirill Gerstein

Rafal Blechacz

Zankel Hall
Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Rafal Blechacz, Piano

Program

BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
CHOPIN Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
CHOPIN Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3
CHOPIN Mazurka in B Major, Op. 56, No. 1
CHOPIN Mazurka in C Major, Op. 56, No. 2
CHOPIN Mazurka in C Minor, Op. 56, No. 3
CHOPIN Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, Op. 44

Encore:BEETHOVEN Scherzo from Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
“A musician in service to the music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities,” said The Washington Post of Rafał Blechacz, recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award for 2014. The winner of the top prize at the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Blechacz offers a generous selection of Chopin favorites along with works by Bach and Beethoven in his Carnegie Hall debut.

Listen

Chopin's Polonaise No. 1 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1


Rafal Blechacz, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Alexandre Tharaud

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331
COUPERIN Pièces de clavecin
·· La logivière
·· Les calotines
·· Les rozeaux
·· Les baricades mistérieuses
·· Les ombres errantes
·· La triomphante
·· Le Carillon de Cithére
·· Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins
SCHUBERT 16 German Dances, D. 783
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Encores:BACH Prelude in B Minor (arr. Siloti)
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
This evening’s recital will take place as originally scheduled at 7:30 PM in Zankel Hall. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Alexandre Tharaud
brings color and his awe-inspiring virtuosity to music that spans Baroque France to Biedermeier Vienna. Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin—brief but brilliant character pieces—are among the touchstones of Baroque keyboard music. High spirits take flight in Mozart’s A-Major Sonata with its famous “Alla Turca” finale. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 is profound and moving, while Schubert’s genial German Dances delight with their charming melodies.

Listen

Couperin's "Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins"


Alexandre Tharaud, Piano
Erato/Warner Classics

Kirill Gerstein

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Program

BARTÓK Selections from Mikrokosmos
BACH Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801
LISZT Transcendental Etudes
An etude can be described as a brief piece that assists in the development of a performer’s technique, but in the hands of Bartók, Bach, and Liszt, it’s a sublime musical experience. Bartók conceived of Mikrokosmos as a collection of pieces for a beginning pianist, but over time it grew into a six-volume collection of 153 pieces that span a wide range of technical difficulty. Bach’s Three-Part Inventions, part of a pedagogical collection, are masterpieces of brilliant fugal writing. Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes are devilishly difficult and reflect the composer’s astounding virtuosity.

Listen

Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor (Allegro energico)


Kirill Gerstein, Piano
Myrios Classics