Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos I

When a great artist sits at the piano, the instrument becomes an eloquent vehicle for a composer’s most complex and wildest flights of fancy. Hear Bach’s brilliantly woven counterpoint in arrangements by virtuoso pianist-composers of the past, Beethoven’s storming “Appassionata,” and the fiery virtuosity of Balakirev’s exotic Islamey. There’s a recital featuring Schumann’s fanciful Kreisleriana and impassioned Fantasy in C Major, and a concert of music for two pianists, including a spectacular arrangement of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps.
November 17, 2016
Behzod Abduraimov
February 22, 2017
Seong-Jin Cho
March 30, 2017
Mitsuko Uchida
April 28, 2017
Leif Ove Andsnes
Marc-André Hamelin
May 21, 2017
Maurizio Pollini

Behzod Abduraimov

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

Program

BACH "Siciliano" from Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi, Op. 3, No. 11; arr. Cortot)
BACH Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. Busoni)
SCHUBERT Moment musical in A-flat Major, D. 780, No. 2
SCHUBERT Moment musical in F Minor, D. 780, No. 3
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82
BALAKIREV Islamey

Encores:
TCHAIKOVSKY Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 19, No. 4
LISZT "La campanella" in G-sharp Major from Grandes Études de Paganini, S. 141, No. 3
Striking arrangements of Baroque music, poetic miniatures, tempestuous sonatas, and an exotic showpiece are performed by an exciting young pianist who is taking the world’s stages by storm. Behzod Abduraimov has been praised by The New York Times for his “fluid finger work … dash and appealing impetuosity.” Cortot’s arrangement of Bach’s "Siciliano" from the Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596, has a stately beauty, while Schubert’s Moments musicaux are understated gems with gorgeous melodies. Beethoven’s “Appassionata” is famous for its stormy outer movements, but the theme and variations that comprise its central movement also fascinate. There are also exciting showpieces by two Russian composers, Balkakirev and Prokofiev.

Listen

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82 (Vivace)


Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

Seong-Jin Cho

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Seong-Jin Cho, Piano
NY Recital Debut
First Prize Winner, 17th International Chopin Piano Competition (2015)

Program

BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Encores:
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
BACH Sarabande from French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
When Seong-Jin Cho won the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, he joined the august company of such prior winners as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, and Garrick Ohlsson. The Telegraph wrote of Cho’s “unequivocally brilliant” performance at the competition’s celebratory concert, and the Financial Times praised his “lucid and shimmering” sound. Cho makes his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert that will thrill all lovers of great pianism.

Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545
SCHUMANN Kreisleriana
JÖRG WIDMANN Sonatina facile (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major

Encore:
MOZART Andante cantabile from Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 330
A delicate Mozart sonata, romantic fire and divine repose from Schumann, and a new Jörg Widmann work commissioned by Carnegie Hall spotlight Mitsuko Uchida’s tremendous versatility. Mozart’s C-Major Sonata features the gentle “In an 18th-Century Drawing Room” theme and remains one of the composer's most beloved sonatas. An eon from Mozart’s mannered work is Schumann’s tumultuous music; Clara Wieck once said to her future husband, “Sometimes your music actually frightens me.” She might have been speaking of Schumann's Kreisleriana, his wildly inventive set of character pieces inspired by a character from ETA Hoffmann’s works. A passionate love letter to Clara, Schumann pours his devotion into every phrase of the Fantasy in C Major.

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SCHUMANN Kreisleriana (Äußerst bewegt)


Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Leif Ove Andsnes
Marc-André Hamelin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Program

MOZART Larghetto and Allegro for Two Pianos (completed by Paul Badura-Skoda)
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Two Pianos
DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps for Two Pianos

Encores:
STRAVINSKY "Madrid" for Two Pianos from Four Studies for Orchestra (transc. Babin)
STRAVINSKY "Circus Polka" for Two Pianos (transc. Babin)
STRAVINSKY Tango for Two Pianos (transc. Babin)
When a great pianist takes the Carnegie Hall stage, it’s a high-voltage experience. When it’s two of the world’s best, the electricity can light up a city. The New York Times called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight;” while The Guardian has praised Marc-André Hamelin’s “sure-footed musical approach” and “impeccable range of technical skills.” The power duo performs songful Mozart, sincere but elusive Debussy, and both pungent and primal Stravinsky.

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STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps for Two Pianos


GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 3 PM

Performers

Maurizio Pollini, Piano

Program

CHOPIN Two Nocturnes, Op. 27
CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
CHOPIN Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1
CHOPIN Two Nocturnes, Op. 55
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

Encore:
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
When Maurizio Pollini comes to Carnegie Hall, his performance is not just an eagerly awaited recital, it’s a feast for anyone hungry for the poetry of great pianism. Audiences last experienced Pollini’s “searching musicianship and exquisite pianism” (The New York Times) in a 2015 Carnegie Hall recital. It’s time to feast again.