Almost every pianist aspires for this “project of a lifetime”, to play all Beethovens’s 32 Piano Sonatas. I have done it already in Malmö, Lund, Helsingborg, Paris, Växjö, Tingsryd and Uppsala. Now the turn comes to New York. Starting on April 17, I will take the journey from the confident, young Beethoven’s first sonatas to the sad but genius master of the last sonatas. On the way, there are masterpieces like the Pathetique, the Moonlight, the Tempest and more and more…
Here is a video from the Beethoven cycle in Uppsala.
The Sonata “To Thérese”, Op. 78
Thursday, April 17, pre-concert talk at 7.15pm, music starts at 8pm
Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street
I. “A young virtuoso arrives in Vienna”
Sonat op.2 no. 1 F minor
Menuetto – Allegretto Prestissimo
Sonat op.2 no. 2 A Major
Sonat op.2 no. 3 C Major
Allegro con brio
Thursday, May 15, pre-concert talk at 7.15pm, music starts at 8pm
II. “Beethoven’s first concert tours: Prague, Berlin, Budapest…”
Sonata op.7 E-flat Major
Allegro molto e con brio
Largo, con gran espression
Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
Sonata op. 49 no. 1, G minor
Sonata op. 49 no. 2, G Major
Allegretto ma non troppo
Tempo di Menuetto
Sonata op.10 no. 1, C minor
Allegro molto e con brio
Thursday, May 29, pre-concert talk at 7.15pm, music starts at 8pm
III “The Pathétique Sonata – Beethoven’s first hit”
Sonata op.10 no. 2, F Major
Sonata op.10 no. 3 D Major
Largo e mesto
Sonata op.13, C minor (“Pathétique”)
Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
MONDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2014 at 7.15pm, music starts at 8pm: STAR CELLIST ANDREAS BRANTELID
A young musician who has already performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and more, star cellist Andreas Brantelid performs, together with me, Percy Grainger’s La Scandinavie (Scandinavian Suite) for cello and piano (1902) and Edvard Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36 (1882) at Scandinavia House. Not to miss!
TUESDAY MARCH 26, 2013 at 8pm, music starts at 8.30pm: SOOVIN KIM, violin
Season Finale! We end the season with a bang…and with Bach for solo violin, one of the most beautiful things in music. Soovin Kim was the first American ever to win the Paganini Competition in 1996, and he has toured the world ever since. Hear him in a program with solo works by Bach and Paganini, as well as the incredibly beautiful Sonata for Violin and Piano in A-Major by Brahms.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2013: FINNISH TANGO!
We have now come to the fifth concert of the season in the series Music On Park Avenue at Scandinavia House in New York City.
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street, New York, NY 10016
I will be on stage with the orchestra and they will talk about Finnish Tango at 7.15pm.
Tango from Finland! The key ingredients of the Finnish tango are longing and passion, and the music of Tango-orkesteri Unto is firmly rooted in both. Six virtuosos who sing and play with an incredible sensitivity and character, as you can hear in the video clip. Be ready for an awesome and very unique concert!
THURSDAY JANUARY 21, 2013
This will be quite a special concert: two Steinway grand pianos will be on stage, and I know many of you in the audience have wanted this for some time now!
First we will play Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a piece of such incredible beauty.
After that, to one of the most important and exciting works in the history of music: Le Sacre de Printemps, or in English, Rite of Spring.
Here are Stravinsky’s own words: “The first bars of the prelude… at once evoked derisive laughter. I was disgusted. These demonstrations, at first isolated, soon became general, provoking counter-demonstrations and very quickly developing into a terrific uproar.”
At the end of the performance, Stravinsky became fearful for his safety, prompting him to crawl through a dressing-room window into the anonymity of the street crowd.
Here you can listen to a musicologist talking on National Public Radio about “Le Sacre”.
We will finish with the ever wonderful “Nutcracker” suite by Tchaikovsky.
Welcome all New Yorkers!