Carnegie Hall Presents

Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes

The crisp acoustics and modern design of Zankel Hall are home to artists in the vanguard of great pianism. There’s an iconic masterpiece of Bach, seminal works from each decade of the 20th century, and after each concert there are free drinks and an opportunity to Mix and Mingle with audience members.
November 15, 2017
Paul Lewis, Piano
February 15, 2018
Alexandre Tharaud, Piano
May 4, 2018
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Paul Lewis, Piano

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Paul Lewis, Piano

Program

HAYDN Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50
BEETHOVEN Bagatelles, Op. 126
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 118
HAYDN Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 40
“Faced with such excellence, a mere critic can only abandon paper and pencil and listen to this heroic but deeply moving artist with awe and amazement,” wrote Gramophone of Paul Lewis. He explores the late piano music of three Austro-German masters in a recital that traces a path from the grace and wit of Haydn to the concentrated emotive power of Beethoven and Brahms.

Part of Mix and Mingle.

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano

Program

BACH Goldberg Variations
“He conceives the whole piece as a drama that sucks us in and doesn’t let go, and carefully paints vivid character along the way.” That’s what The Guardian wrote of Alexandre Tharaud’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. One of the pinnacles of keyboard literature, Bach’s set of 30 variations on an original theme poses extreme technical challenges for the performer, who must frequently cross and overlap hands to negotiate the winding threads of counterpoint.

Part of Mix and Mingle.

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Decades

Zankel Hall
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
PROKOFIEV Sarcasms, Op. 17
BARTÓK Out of Doors
COPLAND Piano Variations, 1930
MESSIAEN Selections from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
LIGETI Selections from Musica ricercata
STOCKHAUSEN Klavierstück I
JOHN ADAMS China Gates
CORIGLIANO Fantasia on an Ostinato
THOMAS ADÈS Traced Overhead
Post- and neo-Romanticism, serialism, and minimalism are but a few musical styles that flourished in the 20th century and paved the way for the sounds of today. Daniil Trifonov, in what promises to be one of the most eclectic and exciting recitals of the season, performs a seminal work from each decade of the 20th century. Berg’s restless harmonies, Messiaen’s kaleidoscopic colors, Adams’s undulating rhythmic pulse, and more are explored by the fascinating and virtuosic young pianist.

Part of Mix and Mingle.