Pianist Carlo Grante to Perform Three-Concert Series at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2014-15

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


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.


The Scherzos

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)

The Ballades

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.


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.


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."