Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions III

Pianist Jonathan Biss and the Brentano String Quartet explore the different ways composers create as they sense the end of their lives. Music for solo piano by Schumann and Brahms, Gesualdo madrigals arranged for strings, and Mozart’s String Quintet in E-flat Major reveal the “late style” of these great masters. This series also features string quartets by Schubert and Shostakovich, and works for clarinet and piano that span the Romantics to the present day with the spectacular duo of Jörg Widmann and Mitsuko Uchida.
October 21, 2016
Belcea Quartet
February 23, 2017
Jonathan Biss
Brentano String Quartet
April 2, 2017
Jörg Widmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Belcea Quartet

Zankel Hall
Friday, October 21, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Belcea Quartet
·· Corina Belcea, Violin
·· Axel Schacher, Violin
·· Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
·· Antoine Lederlin, Cello

Program

SCHUBERT String Quartet in E-flat Major, D. 87
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor
SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887

Encore:
SHOSTAKOVICH DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Allegro non troppo from String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73
String quartets by Schubert frame an autobiographical quartet by Shostakovich. Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat Major is a delightful work that charms with its Beethoven-like Scherzo and serene Adagio, while the String Quartet in G Major’s expansive and noble opening movement sets the stage for an adventurous and deeply felt work that concludes with a delicious dance in which the composer bids farewell to the quartet genre. Shostakovich’s dramatic, sardonic, and elegiac String Quartet No. 8 is one of the 20th century’s great works. He dedicated it to the victims of fascism and war, but it’s also a pained self-portrait. The five movements are played without pause, as Shostakovich quotes themes from his earlier music as well as motifs from Wagner and Tchaikovsky.

Listen

SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887 (Allegro molto moderato)


Belcea Quartet

Jonathan Biss
Brentano String Quartet

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Jonathan Biss, Piano
Brentano String Quartet
·· Mark Steinberg, Violin
·· Serena Canin, Violin
·· Misha Amory, Viola
·· Nina Lee, Cello
Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola

Program

SCHUMANN Fünf Gesänge der Frühe
GESUALDO Selections from Madrigals, Book VI (arr. Bruce Adolphe)
·· "Deh, come invan sospiro"
·· "Beltà poi che t'assenti"
·· "Resta di darmi noia"
·· "Già piansi nel dolore"
·· "Moro, lasso, al mio duolo"
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 118
MOZART String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614
Four great composers that span the early Baroque to the Romantic eras contemplate their mortality. In Schumann’s Fünf Gesänge der Frühe, harmonies shift and dissonances arise in surprising places. Brahms’s Klavierstücke, Op. 118, is more conventional with rich lyricism and touches of melancholy. Mozart’s String Quintet in E-flat Major was his last chamber work and completed less than eight months before his death. Nothing in the quintet suggests impending tragedy; instead, Mozart’s music is high spirited and radiates good humor, especially in its flashy Rondo finale.

Jörg Widmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Zankel Hall
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 3 PM

Performers

Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
NY Recital Debut
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
BERG Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
JÖRG WIDMANN Fantasie for Solo Clarinet
SCHUBERT Impromptu in C Minor, D. 899, No. 1
JÖRG WIDMANN Idyll and Abgrund: Six Schubert Reminiscences for Piano
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke
Masters meet when clarinetist-composer Jörg Widmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida perform music of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Berg, and Widmann. The Times (London) has praised Widmann for his “masterfully fluid tone control over every register, from the highest cloud-covered peak to the lowest velvet burblings.” Uchida, of course, is “among the most respected artists of our time” (The New York Times).