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Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Kirill Gerstein by Marco Borggreve
Fiery Hungarian folk music, brilliant flights of fancy, and pianism on the grand scale are showcased by Kirill Gerstein, praised for his “blazing technique, [and] wonderful command of color and nuance” (The Wall Street Journal). Hear how Liszt and Brahms fashioned traditional Hungarian music into virtuoso showpieces, Kurtág explored new worlds of pianistic color, and more. For sheer excitement, there’s also Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy,” an energetic tour-de-force that soars with symphonic power.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes


Kirill Gerstein, Piano


HAYDN Fantasia in C Major

BRAHMS Variations on a Hungarian Song, Op. 21, No. 2

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok, Book III
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc"
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc II (Scraps of a colinda melody—faintly recollected)"
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc III (Evocation of Petrushka)"
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc IV (Adoration, adoration, accursed desolation...)"
·· "Hommage à Schubert

SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 760, "Wanderer Fantasy"

LISZT Ungarischer Geschwindsmarsch

LISZT Mephisto-Polka

LISZT Csárdás obstiné, S. 225, No. 2

THOMAS ADÈS Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel (NY Premiere)

LISZT Piano Sonata in B Minor

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

This concert is made possible, in part, by The Gary C. and Ethel B. Thom Fund for Piano Performance and Education.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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