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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

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 is 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, Bartók and 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

Performers

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Program

LISZT Ungarischer Geschwindsmarsch

LISZT Mephisto-Polka

LISZT Csárdás obstiné, S. 225, No. 2

BUSONI "Turandots Frauengemach" from Elegien

THOMAS ADÈS Blanca Variations from The Exterminating Angel

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

BARTÓK Piano Sonata

HAYDN Fantasia in C Major

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok

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

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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