The greatest artists put their unique stamp on scintillating repertoire, both familiar and rare. Hear a star pianist team with a daring percussionist, a rare duo performance by a revered violinist and one of the piano masters of our day, an exploration of keyboard music from Bach and beyond, and much more.
Perspectives artist Yuja Wang “seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder, and interpretive nuance,” wrote The New York Times. She also has tremendous curiosity, and is constantly exploring new repertoire and working with fascinating musical partners. For this concert, she is joined by multi-percussion star Martin Grubinger and a trio other great percussionists, including Martin Grubinger Sr., who arranged works for the performers by Bartók and Stravinsky. It promises to be a high-energy evening.
Yuja Wang, Piano Martin Grubinger, Percussion Alexander Georgiev, Percussion Leonhard Schmidinger, Percussion Martin Grubinger Sr., Percussion
Program to include:
BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (arr. for one piano and percussion by Martin Grubinger Sr., NY Premiere)
STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps (arr. Martin Grubinger Sr., NY Premiere)
Schumann’s melodic Three Romances, a tender set of miniatures dedicated to his beloved Clara, and his theatrical Carnaval frame a program that includes Janáček’s melancholy-tinged music and Bartók miniatures. A cast of many characters—including Schumann’s alter egos, the dreamy Eusebius and volatile Florestan—appear in Carnaval. This set of 21 pieces, inspired by stock figures from commedia dell’arte, highlight Schumann’s gift for creating varying moods and depicting characters with strikingly original, irresistible music.
The Guardian has written that Emanuel Ax’s playing is "always marvelously articulate and totally unfussy. Nothing is done for effect or to draw attention to the player rather than to what he is playing.” He’ll bring these qualities to a recital in which he explores the daring contrapuntal innovations of Bach, Chopin’s soulful expressiveness, Ravel’s harmonic audacity, and more.
Emanuel Ax, Piano
BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
SCHOENBERG Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales
CHOPIN Andante spianato and Grand polonaise brillante, Op. 22
There are superstar duos and then there are the megastar duos that you see at Carnegie Hall, like the team of violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Evgeny Kissin. In a rare joint appearance, these legendary virtuosi show off their tremendous musicianship in an evening of unforgettable music-making.
Itzhak Perlman, Violin Evgeny Kissin, Piano
MOZART Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"