This is a golden age of
pianism and the proof is on the Carnegie Hall stage in these riveting recitals.
The genius of Chopin, stormy works by Beethoven and Schumann, the poetry of
Schubert, and other great compositions are performed by a host of magnificent
The silken legato line, glittering ornamentation, melancholy sighs, and sheer brio of dazzling pianism define Chopin’s music. The sensational young pianist Daniil Trifonov takes a deep dive into the Polish genius’s world and the music he inspired. Trifonov performs Chopin favorites, selections from Rachmaninoff’s dazzling variations, and more. The beauty and power of Chopin’s music is eternal, his influence inestimable. Trifonov shows us why.
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
MOMPOU Variations on a Theme of Chopin
SCHUMANN "Chopin" from Carnaval, Op. 9
GRIEG Studie, Op. 73, No. 5, "Hommage à Chopin"
BARBER Nocturne, Op. 33
TCHAIKOVSKY Un poco di Chopin
RACHMANINOFF Variations on a Theme of Chopin
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35
CHOPIN Largo from Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65 (arr. Alfred Cortot)
Stephen Hough’s “scintillating technique and characteristically sparkling sound” paired with “imaginative intelligence” (The Guardian) make each of his performances gripping affairs. He tests his virtuosity and stamina in passionate storms summoned by Beethoven and Schumann, and draws from a vast palette of tonal colors for the refined and languid music of Debussy.
Stephen Hough, Piano
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque
DEBUSSY Images, Book II
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major
DEBUSSY "La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune" from Preludes, Book II
DEBUSSY Images, Book I
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
SCHUMANN Posthumous Variation V (Moderato) from Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (1873 version)
Mitsuko Uchida—one of the great Schubert interpreters—reveals the sweet, unforced lyricism, depth of emotion, and technical brilliance of the master’s piano sonatas as she continues a two-season exploration of these works. Sudden harmonic shifts make the B-Major Sonata one of Schubert’s most daring early works in the form. The set of variations in the A-Minor Sonata have a fluid, songlike quality, while the D-Major Sonata is a technically brilliant work with a lighthearted finale.
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B Major, D. 575
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in D Major, D. 850
BACH Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
Twisting threads of counterpoint, effervescent wit, and melancholy laments define the music that spans Bach to Brahms on this program. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B Minor are sublime, while the poignant tone and opening theme of Mozart's Rondo in A Minor prefigure Chopin. Forlorn episodes appear in Brahms’s final piano works, but also rays of sunshine, gentle cheer, and heroic resolve. Sir András Schiff is a master of this repertoire and “stands with perhaps only a handful of pianists in his total achievement of the most severe beauty” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Sir András Schiff, Piano
SCHUMANN Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24
BRAHMS Three Intermezzos, Op. 117
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 118
BACH Prelude and Fugue in B Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 119
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"
BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 6
BACH Capriccio in B-flat Major, BWV 992, "On the Departure of a Most Beloved Brother"
SCHUMANN "The Happy Farmer" from Album for the Young, Op. 68, No. 10
Daring invention, profound emotion, sizzling virtuosity, and flowing lyricism are all key elements in this program that spans Bach to Liszt. Emanuel Ax is “an extremely satisfying pianist; he is at home in a wide variety of music, and his pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” (The Washington Post). Mozart’s drama, Liszt’s poetry, Bach’s precision, and Beethoven’s brio are showcased by one of the great pianists of our day.
Emanuel Ax, Piano
MOZART Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 533/K. 494
LISZT Tre sonetti del Petrarca
BACH Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
BEETHOVEN Andante in F Major, WoO 57 ("Andante favori")
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"