Three of the world's preeminent violinists-with a little help from spectacular friends-command the stage in touchstone works by German Romantics, French Impressionists, and more, while a visionary pianist takes us on a personal journey through the sonatas of Schubert.
Maxim Vengerov, “one of the most brilliant violinists you’ll ever hear” (The Washington Post), returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that showcases his tremendous virtuosity and versatility. He performs three magnificent sonatas: Brahms’s powerful Third, Enescu's passionately expressive Second, and Ravel’s lyrical final chamber work with its famous central movement. Vengerov also displays his dazzling technical prowess in showpieces by Paganini and Ernst.
Maxim Vengerov, Violin Roustem Saïtkoulov, Piano
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor
ENESCU Violin Sonata No. 2 in F Minor
RAVEL Violin Sonata
ERNST The Last Rose of Summer
PAGANINI I palpiti (after Rossini's "Di tanti palpiti" from Tancredi; arr. Fritz Kreisler)
A pair of superstars share the stage in their eagerly awaited return to Carnegie Hall. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos’s playing has been praised by The New York Times for its “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism.” Yuja Wang has been called “quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” (San Francisco Chronicle). Each outstanding soloists, together “they sound like a single organism” (Financial Times), and are certain to leave you breathless with the beauty and intensity of their performance.
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin Yuja Wang, Piano
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
BARTÓK Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
R. STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
BRAHMS Un poco presto e con sentimento from Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
SZYMANOWSKI "La Fontaine d’Arethuse" from Mythes for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s mastery of a vast range of repertoire makes this an essential recital. She performs two of Mozart’s finest violin sonatas, one of which charts adventurous harmonic territory with its central Andante. Always one to push the harmonic envelope, Debussy’s sonata is marvelously inventive and full of life, while Poulenc’s is laced with tragedy, especially in its grieving outer movements. Passionately committed to the music of our time, Mutter premieres a new work written for her by one of today’s leading composers.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin Lambert Orkis, Piano Daniel Müller-Schott, Cello
The magnificent Mitsuko Uchida, praised for her “probing and magisterial” Schubert (The New York Times), continues her multi-season exploration devoted to the Austrian master. A youthful sonata brimming with melody opens the program, which also features the uncompleted but grandly scaled “Reliquie” Sonata. Her recital culminates with Schubert’s last sonata, a darkly shaded masterpiece in which he contemplates his impending mortality while looking back to Beethoven in a gentle and rollicking Rondo finale.