Carnegie Hall Presents

Master of the Bow

The bow flies across the strings and pulses race when the finest violinists take the stage. The subtle interplay of violin, piano, and cello define the trios of Schubert and Tchaikovsky as chamber music masterpieces, while the violin is a striking voice in the instrumental conversations in Brahms’s piano quartets. Brilliant violinist Hilary Hahn takes flight in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, which offers the soloist virtuoso challenges, particularly in the hair-raising opening cadenza.
December 3, 2015
Evgeny Kissin
Itzhak Perlman
Mischa Maisky
March 3, 2016
Minnesota Orchestra
April 9, 2016
Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian Tetzlaff
Tabea Zimmermann
Clemens Hagen

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.

Minnesota Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor
Hilary Hahn, Violin

Program

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

Encores:
BACH JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
SIBELIUS The Countess's Portrait
SIBELIUS JEAN SIBELIUS "Interlude" (Miranda) from The Tempest, Op. 109
SIBELIUS JEAN SIBELIUS "Cortège" from The Tempest, Op. 109
The Guardian wrote that Osmo Vänskä “conducts Sibelius better than anyone else alive.” He returns to Carnegie Hall with the Minnesota Orchestra for works by the great Finnish master. Two remarkable but dissimilar approaches to the symphony are featured. The First Symphony’s richness of melody, atmospheric orchestration, and dramatic tone provides fascinating contrast to the leaner, tightly constructed, and more emotionally restrained Symphony No. 3. There are no technical restraints in the Violin Concerto, however; it features a solo part that challenges the violinist from the work’s opening notes.

Listen

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 (Finale: [Quasi una fantasia] Andante—Allegro molto)


Osmo Vänskä, Conductor | Minnesota Orchestra
Bis

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
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