Carnegie Hall Presents

Great Artists II

Greatness comes in many forms. Violinists dazzle with virtuosity, keyboard poets tell moving stories, and string quartets reveal nuances and colors in favorite works. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Dvořák are some of the composers you’ll hear on this series that lives up to its name.
February 7, 2018
Joshua Bell, Violin
Jeremy Denk, Piano
March 4, 2018
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano
April 3, 2018
Sir András Schiff, Piano
April 27, 2018
Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Emerson String Quartet
May 17, 2018
Yuja Wang, Piano

Joshua Bell, Violin
Jeremy Denk, Piano

The Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Joshua Bell, Violin
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Joshua Bell is “fundamentally incapable of making an unpleasant sound,” wrote The New York Times. The violinist’s silken tone has been called “a thing of beauty” (Boston Herald), but he is a player who also has remarkable rhythmic acuity and unsurpassed refinement. Jeremy Denk, “a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs” (The New York Times) joins Bell for an unforgettable evening of music.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 4, 2018 | 2 PM

Performers

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Program

ANDRÉ PREVIN The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BACH Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor
PENDERECKI Violin Sonata No. 2
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Anne-Sophie Mutter has been called the “undisputed queen of the violin-playing” (The Times, London). Mutter, however, is not content merely sitting on the throne. She is constantly stretching her repertoire, refining her interpretations of classics and championing new music. On a program that includes Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 and Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 2, Mutter also gives the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Sir András Schiff, Piano

Program

MENDELSSOHN Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 76
BRAHMS Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
BACH English Suite No. 6 in D Minor
The fantasy, sonata, and suite are forms that inspired tremendous creativity in composers from Bach to Brahms. Mendelssohn’s Fantasia in F-sharp Minor unfolds in three movements, each imbued with simple, graceful themes. There’s nothing particularly English about Bach’s Suite No. 6, but it captivates with its balance of pulsing energy and tenderness. Brahms’s miniatures, particularly his fantasies, are quintessentially Romantic character pieces that evoke powerful moods with economy and great beauty.

Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Emerson String Quartet

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Emerson String Quartet
·· Eugene Drucker, Violin
·· Philip Setzer, Violin
·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola
·· Paul Watkins, Cello

Program

MOZART Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
Pianist Evgeny Kissin makes a rare foray into chamber music when he partners with the Emerson String Quartet. The serious tone, flashes of drama, and technically challenging roles Mozart assigns to each player makes his Piano Quartet in G Minor—the first notable work for this combination of instruments—a groundbreaking composition. Fauré’s quartet is high spirited with an abundance of lyricism, passion, and an especially robust role for the pianist. Striking melodies, vigorous rhythms, great depth of feeling, and hints of Czech folk music are the Dvořák trademarks present in his large-scaled quintet.

Yuja Wang, Piano

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Yuja Wang, Piano
Gifted with mind-boggling technical skill, penetrating interpretive insight, and enough charisma to light a city, Yuja Wang is a megastar pianist. As the Los Angeles Times wrote, “She eats the world’s greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back.”