December Concerts Announced At 92Y's Tisch Center for the Arts
December concerts at 92Y's Tisch Center for the Arts open with a recital by legendary pianist Peter Serkin, Saturday, December 1 (8 pm). The centerpiece of his program is J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, which Serkin last performed in New York in 1993. Writes The New York Times, "In his hands, even the most formidable works are fluid and expressive." Serkin will open the evening with a pair of late works by Mozart: the enigmatic and richly chromatic Adagio in B Minor, thought to be a musical memorial of his father, Leopold; and the courtly Sonata in B-flat Major, redolent of the soon-to-be-composed The Magic Flute. Complete program and ticketing details appear below.
On Sunday, December 9 (3 pm), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra unveils a true rarity: the U.S. premiere of German composer Hans Rott's Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat Major, composed when Rott was only sixteen. Born in 1858, Rott was a brilliant but unstable protégé of Bruckner and Mahler; he died at 26 of tuberculosis in a psychiatric hospital. (After Brahms criticized Rott's Symphony No. 1, Rott pulled a gun on a fellow train passenger who was trying to light a cigar, convinced that the flame would set off explosive charges rigged by Brahms to assassinate him.) Said Mahler, Rott's classmate at the Vienna Conservatory: "It is impossible to estimate what music lost in him." Indeed, Rott's symphony is a marvel: a vibrant opening, harmonically daring middle movement, and witty Scherzo suggest tremendous promise. The program also includes renowned British cellist Steven Isserlis in C.P.E. Bach's lively Cello Concerto in A Major. Regarding Isserlis' Grammy-nominated recording of this concerto, Gramophone wrote, "[his] refinement and elegance...throw an entirely new perspective on the concerto." Mahler's luxurious arrangement of Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" string quartet completes the evening.
Hailed for her Haydn interpretations, Israeli pianist Einav Yarden brings two selections by the composer to her 92Y debut in a late-evening Soundspace concert, Friday, December 7 (9 pm). Described by The Washington Post as "a probing, incisive pianist with a beautiful sound and an impressively transparent touch," Yarden opens her program with Schumann's late-period Fantasy Pieces, then turns to Haydn's buoyant F Major sonata before performing Bartók's dance-inflected Burlesques. Two more "fantastic" pieces in C Major conclude the program: Haydn's Fantasia, based on an Austrian folk tune, and Schumann's Fantasie, dedicated to Liszt.
Called "the royal family of the guitar" by The New York Times, the Romero Guitar Quartet returns to 92Y on Saturday, December 15 (8 pm) with an eclectic program of masterworks. Opening with Three Dances by Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius, the program moves through the centuries to Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D Major (arranged for quartet), and works by Anton Diabelli and Marco Giuliani, contemporaries of Beethoven. Other highlights include a new holiday suite arranged by the legendary Pepe Romero, pieces from Romero family patriarch Celedonio Romero, and works by Granados, Schubert and Pepe Romero.
Saturday, December 1 (8 pm): PETER SERKIN, piano
MOZART: Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570
BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Friday, December 7 (9 pm): EINAV YARDEN, piano
SCHUMANN: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 111
HAYDN: Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI:29
BARTÓK: Three Burlesques, Op. 8c
HAYDN: Fantasia in C Major, Hob. XVII:4
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
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Sunday, December 9 (3 pm): ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA + STEVEN ISSERLIS, cello
ROTT: Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat Major, N. 37 US Premiere
C.P.E. BACH: Cello Concerto in A Major, H. 43
SCHUBERT/MAHLER: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. Mahler)
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Saturday, December 15 (8 pm): THE ROMERO GUITAR QUARTET
PRAETORIUS: Three Dances
VIVALDI: Concerto in D Major, RV93
DIABELLI: Serenade in F Major, Op. 63
GUILIANI: Grande Overture
PEPE ROMERO: Christmas Suite
DE MADINA: Danza Rapsódica
GRANADOS: Intermezzo from Goyescas
SCHUBERT: Three Waltzes
LLOBET: El Noi de la Mare
CELEDONIO ROMERO: Soleares and Alegrias, from Suite Andaluza
C. ROMERO: Zapateado
P. ROMERO: de Cadiz a la Habana
C. ROMERO: Noche en Málaga
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