Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists II

Whether it’s an enthralling piano recital, an evening of intimate chamber works, or a concert of grand symphonic music, this series has the world’s greatest artists performing it all. From the gentle musings on childhood of Kinderszenen to dazzling flights of fancy in Kreisleriana, Schumann’s piano music is a cornerstone of the Romantic era. Mozart’s joyous Piano Concerto No. 22 is an energetic opener to a concert that also features Bruckner’s massive Sixth Symphony, containing one of the composer’s most deeply affecting slow movements, while Ravel's and Berg’s daring string quartets are preludes to Brahms’s dramatic and propulsive Piano Quintet, performed by Maurizio Pollini and the Emerson String Quartet. There’s also a recital by one of the greatest pianists of our time, the beloved Emanuel Ax.
December 7, 2016
Daniil Trifonov
January 25, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
April 22, 2017
Emanuel Ax
May 7, 2017
Emerson String Quartet
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Daniil Trifonov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Kinderszenen
SCHUMANN Toccata, Op. 7
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Op. 87, No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Op. 87, No. 7
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, Op. 87, No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Op. 87, No. 5
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, Op. 87, No. 24
STRAVINSKY Three Movements from Pétrouchka

Encores:
MEDTNER Fairy Tale in F Minor, Op. 26, No. 3
MEDTNER Fairy Tale in B Minor, Op. 20, No. 2, “Campanella”
The music on this program requires poetry and passion that only a master pianist can deliver. “Daniil Trifonov’s playing has it all … he leaves you struggling for superlatives,” said The Guardian. Schumann’s Kinderszenen tenderly reflects on childhood, his Toccata is dazzlingly virtuosic, and his Kreisleriana is wildly inventive. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier and Chopin’s Preludes provided the inspiration for Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. Shostakovich’s music, however, is hardly derivative; the composer’s melancholy, acerbic wit, and technical genius shine through. For pure high-octane excitement, it’s difficult to top Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Pétrouchka, a touchstone for any pianist.

Listen

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (No. 8 in F-sharp Minor)


Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6
Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim’s long-standing and deeply personal relationship with the music of Mozart and Bruckner is showcased. Mozart’s joyous Piano Concerto No. 22 is an energetic opener to this concert that also features Bruckner’s colossal Sixth Symphony, a work that includes one of the composer’s most deeply affecting slow movements.

Daniel Barenboim's performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin mark the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.

Listen

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 (Adagio: Sehr feierlich)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Emanuel Ax

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Emanuel Ax, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935
CHOPIN Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29
CHOPIN Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
CHOPIN Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 51
CHOPIN Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
SAMUEL ADAMS Impromptu (after Schubert) (NY Premiere)
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

Encores:
CHOPIN Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Emanuel Ax is “an extremely satisfying pianist; he is at home in a wide variety of music and his pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” (The Washington Post). The beloved musician returns to Carnegie Hall for a recital that features impromptus by Schubert and Chopin, and the New York premiere of a new work by Samuel Adams.

Listen

CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (Finale: Presto non tanto)


Emanuel Ax, Piano

Emerson String Quartet
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 3 PM

Performers

Emerson String Quartet
·· Eugene Drucker, Violin
·· Philip Setzer, Violin
·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola
·· Paul Watkins, Cello
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Program

RAVEL String Quartet
BERG String Quartet, Op. 3
BRAHMS Piano Quintet

Encore:
SHOSTAKOVICH Scherzo: Allegretto from Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Please note that due to illness, pianist Yefim Bronfman has regrettably withdrawn from his performance, following a previous announcement that he was replacing Maurizio Pollini. Marc-André Hamelin has agreed to perform in their place. The program remains unchanged.

For more than 40 years, the Emerson String Quartet has held an honored place in the pantheon of great ensembles. Praised for performances that are "technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character, and always interesting" (The New York Times), the Emerson performs two 20th-century string quartet masterpieces by Berg and Ravel. Marc-André Hamelin, praised for his “impeccable range of technical skills” (The Guardian), joins the Emerson for Brahms’s thrilling Piano Quintet.

Listen

RAVEL String Quartet in F Major, Op.10 (Assez vif – très rythmé)


Emerson String Quartet