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.
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.
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s mastery of a vast range of repertoire makes this a recital essential. She performs one of Mozart’s finest violin sonatas, a work flowing with melody and a central Andante that charts adventurous harmonic territory. 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 music of our time, Mutter also performs two works by Sebastian Currier, a composer with whom she has been closely associated, marking the composer’s 60th birthday.
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.