Pianist Carlo Grante to Perform Three-Concert Series at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2014-15
Esteemed Italian pianist Carlo Grante will present a three-concert series entitled "Masters of High Romanticism" at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City during the 2014-2015 concert season. Each program will be devoted to a single Romantic-era composer: Frédéric Chopin (Friday, October 31, 2014), Robert Schumann (Monday, December 15, 2014) and Johannes Brahms (Tuesday, February 10, 2015).
"The composers featured in 'Masters of High Romanticism' are piano giants," Mr. Grante says, "embodying the core of Romantic music at its most expressive. Each concert is devoted to works by a single composer, to highlight the unique contribution of each to the evolution of form: the narrative, dancing, dreaming sound-world of Chopin, who virtually invented the Ballade as a musical genre and emancipated the Scherzo from its origins in dance; Schumann's creative expansion of sonata-form into a journey of heroic proportions; and the inventiveness of Brahms's variation style, revitalizing an old form with the quintessence of his instrumental genius.
"While each program will provide a full musical experience," he continues, "the three-concert series is intended to present a kind of guided tour through the mind of the Romantic musical creative artist, whose goal was the most direct, intimate communication involving three parties: the composer, the performer and the listener."
"Masters of High Romanticism" will also be presented in Vienna at the Musikverein's Brahms-Saal (October 24 and December 5, 2014, and March 13, 2015) and in Berlin at the Philharmonie's Kammermusiksaal (January 14, February 26 and April 12, 2015).
Carlo Grante, piano
"MASTERS OF HIGH ROMANTICISM"
Three Recitals at
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Broadway and 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
PROGRAM I - Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 (1833) • No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 (1837)
No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39 (1839) • No. 4 in E major, Op. 54 (1843)
No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (1831) • No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 (1836-9)
No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47 (1841) • No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (1842)
PROGRAM II - Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
The Sonatas for Piano
Grand Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11 (1835)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 (1833-5)
Grand Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concerto Without Orchestra" (1835)
PROGRAM III - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
The Variations for Piano
Variations on a Theme of Schumann in F-sharp minor, Op. 9 (1854)
Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1 (1857)
Variations on a Hungarian Melody in D major, Op. 21, No. 2 (1854)
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24 (1861)
Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (1863)
Programs subject to change
Individual concerts: $45, $35, $25. Three-concert subscriptions available at a 25% discount. Available at the Alice Tully Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge, 212/721-6500 or at www.lincolncenter.org.
About Carlo Grante - "Carlo Grante is one of the most astonishing artists I have ever known and worked with," says Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and General Music Director of the Zurich Opera. "A challenging collaborator, his artistry is permeated with the deepest knowledge in many fields, not just the arts. Interesting for me as a musician and conductor is the way he approaches a musical work: considering it as expression of time, environment, and the composer's own personal, social and cultural experience. With Carlo's fantastic technical and analytical skills, the music comes alive in a way which sounds new, sometimes unexpected, but always both logical and natural. Working with Carlo Grante is for me an enrichment in musical experience and understanding, as it is for his audiences."
Carlo Grante is one of the most active pianists performing and recording today. His concert repertoire is one of the largest among contemporary pianists; it includes masterpieces by core composers as well as important works by lesser-known composers. His discography runs to more than fifty CDs and ranges from Domenico Scarlatti (the complete sonatas, a 40-CD project under the auspices of Bösendorfer and Badura-Skoda in Vienna), to Platti, Clementi, Liszt and Schumann, to twentieth-century composers such as Godowsky, Busoni and Sorabji. Recent recordings include works by Vlad (Opus Triplex) and Finnissy (Bachsche Nachdichtungen), both dedicated to Mr. Grante and inspired by Bach and Busoni, and Flynn (Glimpses of our inner lives), also dedicated to him; Franz Schmidt's two piano concertos, with the MDR Leipzig under Fabio Luisi; three Mozart piano concertos with Orchestra of St. Cecilia, and the Concerto K.271, recorded live in Vienna with Concertino Wien; the Busoni Concerto, recorded live in Vienna with the Vienna Symphony under Fabio Luisi; Robert Schumann's three piano sonatas; and works by Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Bloch, Liszt and Godowsky (whose complete works he is recording). In 1995 Carlo Grante gave the world premiere of 53 Studies on the Études of Chopin by Godowsky at the Newport Festival.
Carlo Grante is one of Europe's foremost concert artists, having performed in such major venues and prestigious halls as the Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus and the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna; Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London; the Sala Santa Cecilia in Rome; Leipzig Gewandhaus; Dresden Semperoper; Stuttgart Opera; and in New York, Chicago, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi, Zagreb, Bucharest, Lima and Rio de Janeiro. In May, 2014, he made his Washington, D.C. debut at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has performed at the festivals of Vienna, Istanbul, Husum, Newport, Miami, Tallin, Ravello, and MDR Musiksommer, and the "Neuhaus Festival" in Saratov. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Philharmonic in London, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, MDR Leipzig, Capella Istropolitana, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Concertino Wien.
In 1996, on the occasion of two recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, the reviewer of Musical Opinion wrote, "the discs of Grante had shown astonishing qualities...his live performances have then proved him to be the first-rate pianist that his discs suggested." In 1997, after a series of six recitals in New York, Bernard Holland of The New York Times wrote, "Carlo Grante...systematically demonstrated technical ability, but it was a prowess that went beyond muscle and speed. Here was not just attractive color but color with a purpose." Eminent author and critic Harold Schonberg said that Grante demonstrated "real, stylish virtuoso playing, nimble and confident, backed by a splendid piano tone. Fingerwork is impeccable...[The] playing has color and imagination."
Mr. Grante's recitals and concerto performances have been greeted with enthusiasm; a reviewer described Grante's Mozart Fantasia as "a small, quiet miracle" (Leipziger Volkszeitung); another dubbed Grante "a knight of the piano, without blemish and without fear..." (Schmidt, Die Presse, Vienna); another praised "Grante's meticulous, thoughtful virtuosity and stylistic insights...like Horowitz, Grante is a master at creating a multicolored portfolio of legato shadings through fingers alone, pedaling ever so discreetly" (Gramophone).
Carlo Grante graduated from the Conservatory S. Cecilia in Rome, studying with Sergio Perticaroli, after which he studied in the U.S. with Ivan Davis at the University of Miami and at The Juilliard School in New York with Rudolf Firkušný; he then studied intensively in London with Alice Kezeradze-Pogorelich.
A Bösendorfer artist, Carlo Grante is also a widely-published writer on the piano literature. He lives in Rome.
Photo Credit: Paola Parri (Orbetello Piano Festival, 2013)