Pianist Carlo Grante to Play Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, 10/31
Italian pianist Carlo Grante will launch his three-concert series, "Masters of High Romanticism," on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He will devote the first concert to the Ballades and Scherzos of Frédéric Chopin. Future programs will feature music by 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.
"Chopin refracted classical forms through the prism of a narrative, dancing, dreaming sound-world unique unto himself. Among his many contributions to the Romantic piano literature, Chopin virtually invented the Ballade as a musical genre and emancipated the Scherzo from its origins in dance."
The "Masters of High Romanticism" series 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 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.