Performance Friday, March 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Jeremy Denk

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Jeremy Denk is an extraordinary musician whose intelligent programs leave audiences both amazed by his virtuosity and stimulated by his musical depth. Simply put, he is “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times). On this program, he plays works by Liszt, Bach, Beethoven, and Bartók.


  • Jeremy Denk, Piano


  • BARTÓK Piano Sonata
  • LISZT "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" Prelude after J.S. Bach, S. 179
  • LISZT Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 123 from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année
  • LISZT Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata, from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année
  • LISZT Isoldes Liebestod, from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
  • BACH Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 869
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111


  • Jeremy Denk

    Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America's most thought-provoking, multifaceted, and compelling artists. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He regularly gives recitals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. This season includes a 13-city recital tour throughout the US, as well as a performance of Bach's complete set of six keyboard concertos in a single evening with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upcoming engagements include tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. He looks forward to performing and curating as artistic director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.

    In 2012, Mr. Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch Records artist with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven's final Piano Sonata and György Ligeti's Etudes. The disc was named one of the best of 2012 by The New Yorker, NPR, and The Washington Post. Later this year, he will release a disc of the Goldberg Variations, a piece he described in the grip of infatuation as "a recipe for monotony and failure ... a fool's errand attempted by the greatest genius of all time." Mr. Denk has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives; his recording of the composer's two piano sonatas was selected for many "best of the year" lists. Last season, he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as a soloist in the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks festival, and he recorded Henry Cowell's Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Mr. Denk has also cultivated relationships with many living composers, and has several commissioning projects currently in progress.

    Mr. Denk has toured frequently with violinist Joshua Bell, and their album French Impressions was recently released on the Sony Classical label, winning the 2012 ECHO Klassik award. He also regularly collaborates with cellist Steven Isserlis. Mr. Denk has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Italian and American Spoleto festivals, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Verbier, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Mostly Mozart festivals. His website think denk-recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing-was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives. He lives in New York City.

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Beethoven's  Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (Maestoso, Allegro con brio ed appassionato)
Jeremy Denk, Piano

At a Glance

Jeremy Denk offers a program of keyboard masterworks. From Bartók's folk-infused, post-Stravinsky Piano Sonata, we step back to the multifaceted Franz Liszt, with selections from his Années de pèlerinage, a prelude after Bach, and a Wagner transcription. Following the intermission, one of Bach's darker and thornier prelude and fugue sets (BWV 869) leads to Beethoven's final Piano Sonata—the enigmatic and ineffable Op. 111.
Program Notes


Jeremy Denk on Selecting and Preparing Concert Repertoire

This performance is part of The 88 Keys - Students, Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Keyboard Trio.