Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists I

The finest artists of our time perform the music that’s closest to their hearts. The unforgettable musical dialogue of Christian, Arabic, Ottoman, and Byzantine voices is spotlighted in a concert that celebrates 1,000 years of Venetian music—part of the festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic. Carnegie Hall’s unprecedented Bruckner Symphony Cycle continues with the enigmatic master’s Second Symphony, while music from Mozart to Sebastian Currier spotlight the infinite possibilities composers bring to the violin and piano partnership. Also hear Sir András Schiff perform an all-Schubert program and a recital by Murray Perahia, a pianist revered for his impeccable taste, versatility, and technique.
January 20, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
February 3, 2017
Jordi Savall
March 9, 2017
Sir András Schiff
April 2, 2017
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Lambert Orkis
May 19, 2017
Murray Perahia

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director, Conductor, and Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 2
“This was Bruckner to treasure,” wrote The Guardian of Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin’s performances of the enigmatic Austrian master’s music. Here, they continue their historic cycle of all nine numbered symphonies in a performance of the Second. With its measured pace, harmonic shifts, and Wagnerian chromaticism, Bruckner sets the tone for much of what followed in his career. “Barenboim is aware of Mozart’s wit as well as his pathos,” wrote The Telegraph, and those qualities will be evidenced in his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, which he leads from the keyboard.

This performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin marks Daniel Barenboim’s 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.

Listen

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 2 (Finale: Mehr schnell)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jordi Savall

The Millenarian Venice: Gateway to the East

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Jordi Savall, Director, Treble Viol, and Lyra
Orthodox-Byzantine Vocal Ensemble
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hespèrion XXI
Le Concert des Nations

Program

ANON. Calling of the Bells and Fanfare
ST. JOHN OF DAMASCUS "Alleluia"
ANON. Erotokritos
MARCABRU "Pax in nomine Domini!"
TRADITIONAL Dance of the Soul, from the North African Berber Ritual
ANON. Ton Dhespotin, from the Sunday Service of Orthros
TRADITIONAL Armenian Song and Dance
CONDUCTUS "O totius Asie Gloria"
ANON. "Pasan tin elpida mou"
ANON. Chiave, chiave
ANON. Adoramus te, from the Mass Proper
ANON. "Tin dheisin mou"
TRAITIONAL Nikriz
DUFAY "O tres piteulx" / "Omnes amici eius"
JANEQUIN Escoutez tous gentilz" (La bataille de Marignan; La guerre)
S. ROSSI "Al naharot bavel," from Hashirim asher lish'lomo
WILLAERT "Vecchie letrose, non valete niente"
KLADAS Yefvsasthe kai idhete, from the Holy Eucharist
LOBWASSER "Ficht wieder meine Anfechter" (Psalm 35), from Der Psalter ... in deutsche reyme (arr. Claude Goudimel)
TRADITIONAL Laïla Djân
MONTEVERDI Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
VIVALDI "Di queste selve venite, o Numi," from La senna festeggiante, RV 693
MOZART Rondo alla turca from Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 (arr. Jordi Savall)
BYZANTIOS Kratema
MARCHANT "Nous sommes tous égaux," from La constitution française en chanson (arr. Jordi Savall)
ANON. "Per quel bel viso," from A Second Set of Venetian Ballads for the German Flute, Violin, or Harpsichord compos'd by Sigr. Hasse and All the Celebrated Italian Masters (Gondolier Song; arr. Jordi Savall)
ANON. "Mia cara Anzoletta," from A Second Set of Venetian Ballads for the German Flute, Violin, or Harpsichord compos'd by Sigr. Hasse and All the Celebrated Italian Masters (Gondolier Song; arr. Jordi Savall)
BORDÈSE "La Sainte Ligue" ("La nuit est sombre"), after Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 5, from L'Orphéon classique populaire, fragments des chefs d'oeuvre des grand maîtres (arr. Jordi Savall)

Encores:
ANON. Dudek Improvisation
ANON. Da pacem Domine
PÄRT Da pacem Domine
ANON. "Prayer for Peace"
Jordi Savall leads this intriguing musical tour through the 1,000-year history of the Venetian Republic and its far-flung territories. Ensembles formed and directed by Savall are joined by a diverse lineup of guest singers and instrumentalists. Together, they perform music that ranges from the Medieval to the Baroque from around the Mediterranean rim, extending through to Persia, the eras of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and of course to Venice itself: a vibrant musical capital, center of innovation, and home to groundbreaking composers like Willaert, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi, among others.

Sir András Schiff

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935
SCHUBERT Klavierstücke, D. 946
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894

Encores:
SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, D. 899, No. 2
SCHUBERT Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817
Schubert’s piano sonatas possess the songlike qualities of his finest lieder, as well as deep emotion and flights of virtuosity, while the pieces he wrote towards the end of his life are often brief, but lack nothing in beauty or profundity. Not bound by the constraints of large-scale forms, the three Klavierstücke are subtle works, thematically cogent, but generous in their lyricism and emotion. The Four Impromptus, D. 935, stand as independent pieces, but their overall design could form a four-movement sonata. This is magnificently poetic music with some striking technical challenges that are among Schubert’s most moving works.

Listen

SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Allegro scherzando)


Sir András Schiff, Piano

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Lambert Orkis

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 2 PM

Performers

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Program

SEBASTIAN CURRIER Clockwork
MOZART Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526
RESPIGHI Violin Sonata in B Minor
SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Encores:
TCHAIKOVSKY "Mélodie" in E-flat Major, Op. 42, No. 3 (arr. Heifetz)
BENJAMIN Jamaican Rumba (arr. Heifetz)
“She plays anything and everything with scalding beauty,” wrote The Washington Post of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In this concert, Mutter performs a late sonata by Mozart and a work by Sebastian Currier, a composer with whom she has collaborated closely over the course of her career. There’s also Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B Minor, notable for its haunting slow movement and daredevil finale; and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, with its hair-raising, triple-stopping climax.

Listen

SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28


Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Lambert Orkis, Piano

Murray Perahia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, May 19, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Murray Perahia, Piano

Program

BACH French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Murray Perahia’s place in the pantheon of great pianists is indisputable. A master of a vast range of repertoire, he can reveal the complex inner voices of a Baroque fugue with stunning clarity, pour out a sustained legato line in a Romantic nocturne, or summon thunder in a Beethoven sonata. In addition to his total technical mastery of the instrument, he is a “musician of big ideas” and “relishes the opportunity to air them in a large public forum” (The New York Times).