comes in many forms. Violinists dazzle with virtuosity, keyboard poets tell
moving stories, and string quartets reveal nuances and colors in favorite
works. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Dvořák are some of
the composers you’ll hear on this series that lives up to its name.
Joshua Bell is “fundamentally incapable of making an unpleasant sound,” wrote The New York Times. The violinist’s silken tone has been called “a thing of beauty” (Boston Herald), but he is a player who also has remarkable rhythmic acuity and unsurpassed refinement. Jeremy Denk, “a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs” (The New York Times) joins Bell for an unforgettable evening of music.
Joshua Bell, Violin Jeremy Denk, Piano
MOZART Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454
R. STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
JANÁČEK Violin Sonata
SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 934
C. SCHUMANN Romance in D-flat Major, Op. 22, No. 1
Anne-Sophie Mutter has been called the “undisputed queen of violin-playing” (The Times, London). Mutter, however, is not content merely sitting on the throne. She is constantly stretching her repertoire, refining her interpretations of classics and championing new music. On a program that includes Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 and Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 2, Mutter also gives the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin Lambert Orkis, Piano
ANDRÉ PREVIN The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BACH Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Violin Sonata No. 2
SCHUBERT "Ständchen" from Schwanengesang, D. 957, No. 4 (arr. Mischa Elman)
The fantasy, sonata, and suite are forms that inspired tremendous creativity in composers from Bach to Brahms. Mendelssohn’s Fantasia in F-sharp Minor unfolds in three movements, each imbued with simple, graceful themes. There’s nothing particularly English about Bach’s Suite No. 6, but it captivates with its balance of pulsing energy and tenderness. Brahms’s miniatures, particularly his fantasies, are quintessentially Romantic character pieces that evoke powerful moods with economy and great beauty.
Sir András Schiff, Piano
MENDELSSOHN Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
Pianist Evgeny Kissin makes a rare foray into chamber music when he partners with the Emerson String Quartet. The serious tone, flashes of drama, and technically challenging roles Mozart assigns to each player makes his Piano Quartet in G Minor—the first notable work for this combination of instruments—a groundbreaking composition. Fauré's quartet is high spirited with an abundance of lyricism, passion, and an especially robust role for the pianist. Striking melodies, vigorous rhythms, great depth of feeling, and hints of Czech folk music are the Dvořák trademarks present in his large-scaled quintet.
Evgeny Kissin, Piano Emerson String Quartet ·· Eugene Drucker, Violin ·· Philip Setzer, Violin ·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola ·· Paul Watkins, Cello
MOZART Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
SHOSTAKOVICH Scherzo from Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Gifted with mind-boggling technical skill, penetrating interpretive insight, and enough charisma to light a city, Yuja Wang is a megastar pianist. As the Los Angeles Times wrote, “She eats the world’s greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back.”
Yuja Wang, Piano
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in E Minor, Op. 32, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32, No. 10
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in E-flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70
LIGETI Etude No. 3, "Touches bloquées"
LIGETI Etude No. 9, "Vertige"
LIGETI Etude No. 1, "Désordre"
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
MENDELSSOHN Song Without Words in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67, No. 2
HOROWITZ Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Carmen
YOUMANS "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette (arr. Art Tatum)
PROKOFIEV Precipitato from Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
MOZART Rondo ("Alla Turca") from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 (arr. Arcadi Volodos, Fazil Say and Yuja Wang)
GLUCK Mélodie from Orfeo ed Euridice (arr. Giovanni Sgambati)
SCHUBERT "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D. 118 (arr. Franz Liszt)