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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Beatrice Rana, Piano

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Beatrice Rana by Marie Staggat
Winner of prestigious competitions, a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras, and a critically acclaimed recording artist, Beatrice Rana is one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of great pianists. Her “commanding, innate musicality” (Los Angeles Times) will be at the heart of Chopin’s poetic etudes, Ravel’s evocative Miroirs, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, a sensational showpiece vividly depicting monsters and infernal dances. The Guardian called Rana “a compelling storyteller”—come hear her share a pianistic tale.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes

Performers

Beatrice Rana, Piano
NY Recital Debut

Program

CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

RAVEL Miroirs

STRAVINSKY Three Movements from The Firebird (transcr. Agosti)


Encores:

CHOPIN Prelude in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 13

CHOPIN Prelude in B-flat Minor, Op. 28, No. 16

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating before intermission.

Mix and Mingle

Join us immediately after this concert at Zankel Hall’s Parterre Bar for a 45-minute mix and mingle.
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At a Glance

CHOPIN  Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

Chopin’s combination of bravura technique and poetic feeling defined a new school of Romantic pianism. English critic Henry Chorley likened his “insinuating and gossamer” touch to “the wild and softened discords of the Aeolian harp.” Chopin’s wizardry is captivatingly displayed in the 12 etudes of Op. 25, written when he was at the peak of his powers as a performer.

 

RAVEL  Miroirs

Roughly contemporary with Debussy’s Images, Ravel’s Miroirs are similarly adventurous in their approach to harmony, form, and keyboard technique. Although the titles of the pieces evoke pictorial imagery, Ravel is less concerned with traditional tone painting than he is with capturing the flickering reflections of pianistic sonorities and textures in his musical mirror.

 

STRAVINSKY  Three Movements from The Firebird 

The kaleidoscopic, rhythmically energized music that Stravinsky wrote for the fairytale ballet The Firebird has been an audience favorite since it was first heard in Paris in 1910. Eighteen years later, Italian pianist Guido Agosti made equally brilliant keyboard transcriptions of three of the ballet’s best-known movements, including the viscerally exciting “Danse infernale” of the demonic King Kashchei.

Bios

Beatrice Rana

Beatrice Rana has already shaken the international classical music world, arousing admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics, and audiences in many countries. Ms. Rana performs at the world’s most esteemed festivals and concert halls, and collaborates with ...

Beatrice Rana has already shaken the international classical music world, arousing admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics, and audiences in many countries. Ms. Rana performs at the world’s most esteemed festivals and concert halls, and collaborates with conductors of the highest level, including Riccardo Chailly, Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Emmanuel Krivine, Jun Märkl, Trevor Pinnock, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Lahav Shani, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, James Gaffigan, Susanna Mälkki, Leonard Slatkin, and Zubin Mehta.

This season and next, Ms. Rana makes debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, and Orchestre de Paris; performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Kimmel Center; tours with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski; and begins a residency at the Zurich Opera with Philharmonia Zurich and Fabio Luisi that features the complete Beethoven concerto cycle.

Ms. Rana also plays recitals at Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Essen Philharmonie, and Gilmore Keyboard Festival. This evening’s performance marks Ms. Rana’s Carnegie Hall debut, and she returns in June for a concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Mr. Nézet-Séguin.

An exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, Ms. Rana has released two albums: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano. She garnered public attention in 2011 when she won first prize at the Concours musical international de Montréal, and in 2013 when she received the silver medal and audience award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Born in Italy into a family of musicians, Ms. Rana currently lives in Rome, where she continues her studies with lifelong mentor Benedetto Lupo. She previously studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien Hannover.

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