Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists II

The world’s greatest artists shine in the solo spotlight and partner with their peers in chamber music. Pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Mischa Maisky form a dream team, playing favorite piano trios by Schubert and Tchaikovsky. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violinist Christian Tetzlaff headline a quartet that gives audiences the rare opportunity to hear all of Brahms’s piano quartets in one concert. Sir András Schiff continues his exploration of the Austro-German piano sonata in masterpieces that span Mozart to Schubert. The esteemed Mitsuko Uchida performs some of her repertoire specialties, and pianist Yefim Bronfman explores sonatas written by Prokofiev during World War II.
October 30, 2015
Sir András Schiff
December 3, 2015
Evgeny Kissin
Itzhak Perlman
Mischa Maisky
February 23, 2016
Mitsuko Uchida
April 9, 2016
Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian Tetzlaff
Tabea Zimmermann
Clemens Hagen
May 7, 2016
Yefim Bronfman

Sir András Schiff

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 30, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Program

HAYDN Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 52
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
MOZART Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Encores:
SCHUMANN Variations for Piano on an Original Theme, WoO 24
BACH Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Sir András Schiff explores the sonatas of four Austro-German masters and how each viewed music at the end of their respective lives. Haydn's and Mozart’s late sonatas brought new expressiveness and technical virtuosity to the form, while Beethoven’s final sonata opens with a storm and closes with a breathlessly beautiful and spiritually comforting Arietta. Written two months before his death, the opening two movements of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major contemplate his impending mortality. An energetic scherzo lightens the mood before the rondo finale where he looks back to Beethoven and the closing movement of his idol’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130.

Listen

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 (Molto moderato)


Sir András Schiff, Piano

Evgeny Kissin
Itzhak Perlman
Mischa Maisky

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Mischa Maisky, Cello

Program

SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

Encore:
MENDELSSOHN Andante con moto tranquillo from Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
Romantic piano trios by two beloved composers are performed by a superstar team of pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Mischa Maisky. One of the great works from his last years, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major has an abundance of spontaneous melodies and touches of gentle sentiment. With its opening “Pezzo elegiaco” (“Elegiac piece”) and stunning set of variations on a traditional theme, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor is an impassioned masterpiece.

Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 899
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11

Encore:
SCHUMANN "Aveu" from Carnaval, Op. 9
When Mitsuko Uchida performs Schubert and Schumann, the results are transcendent; the same is also true of her performances of works from the Second Viennese School. The beloved pianist performs Schumann’s ultra-Romantic Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Berg’s youthful Piano Sonata, and Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 899. Despite the title, there is nothing improvisatory about Schubert’s work. Brilliantly contrasted, each impromptu is in a different key and conjures its own unique mood: The first has a march-like rhythm and a songlike theme, the second and fourth are technically stunning, and the third is sweetly meditative.

Listen

SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 899 (No. 3 in G-flat Major)


Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Philips

Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian Tetzlaff
Tabea Zimmermann
Clemens Hagen

The Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 7 PM

Performers

Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
James Ehnes, Violin
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola
Clemens Hagen, Cello

Program

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor
Brahms’s three piano quartets are among the genre’s finest works. The Piano Quartet No. 1 has an extroverted melodicism, especially in its wistful Intermezzo, and a raucous finale inspired by gypsy music. The Second Quartet features an expressive Adagio and an exuberant closing Allegro. The Third was written during a troubled time in Schumann’s life and consequently reflects his sorrows. Filled with yearning, its opening movement’s drama and Scherzo’s violence is countered by an Andante of great tenderness before a darkly shaded finale.

Listen

BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor (Allegro ma non troppo)


Ralf Gothóni, Piano | Péter Csaba, Violin | Matti Hirvikangas, Viola | Frans Helmerson, Cello
Ondine

Yefim Bronfman

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Program

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major

Encore:
SCHUMANN Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18
In this concert that’s part of a complete cycle of Prokofiev's piano sonatas, Yefim Bronfman performs three sonatas written during the Second World War. While the sonatas do not have specific programs, wartime themes are always present. The Sixth is the most diabolical of the three; its aggressive opening march conjures images of mechanized violence. The Seventh is more introspective, including an especially poetic second movement, though it concludes with a famous lightning-bolt finale. The Eighth has tremendous sweep with two large-scale outer movements that frame an uneasy central minuet.

Listen

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major (Precipitato)


Yefim Bronfman, Piano
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