Great Performers in Recital at Tanglewood

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Videos in This Series:

Daniil Trifonov

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Daniil Trifonov, piano

J.S. BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

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Daniil Trifonov performs Bach

August 8: The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is as well-known for his searching, thoughtful programs as he is for his remarkable virtuosity and sensitivity as a performer.
Bach’s The Art of Fugue demands all of a performer’s resources. Written and compiled near the end of the composer’s life, The Art of Fugue is a collection of diverse pieces based on a single D minor theme. That theme is reversed, inverted, and otherwise reworked to create a brilliant kaleidoscope of contrapuntal mastery. Like The Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue also embraces a wide range of musical moods and styles.

Available August 8, 2020 at 8PM through August 15


Conrad Tao

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Conrad Tao, piano
Felipe LARA Injust Intonations (#BlackLivesMatter) (2017)
CRAWFORD SEEGER Study in Mixed Accents (ossia ii) (1930)
Conrad TAO All I had forgotten or tried to (2017)
Tania LEÓN Ritual (1987)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest
CRAWFORD SEEGER Study in Mixed Accents (ossia i) (1930)
David LANG wed (1992)

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Conrad tao performs Lara, Crawford Seeger, Tao, beethoven and Lang

August 15: American pianist Conrad Tao made his Tanglewood debut as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in August 2019.
Known as a composer as well as a pianist, Tao shows the breadth of his musical interests in this recital of music at the center of which is Beethoven’s towering Tempest Sonata, which exploits the full range and power of the piano. The shorter 20th- and 21st-century works flanking the sonata include two studies by the important American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger; Cuban-born composer Tania León’s Ritual, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang’s introspective wed, and Conrad Tao’s own contemplative All I had forgotten or tried to. Opening the program is a 2017 piece commissioned by Tao from Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, Injust Intonations, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

There will be special post-concert Q&A with the artist on August 15 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Great Performers Series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Please be sure to purchase your ticket to the concert by 7:30 PM EST in order to receive your private link to the Q&A event.

Available August 15, 2020 at 8PM through August 22


Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Joshua Bell, violin
Jeremy Denk, piano
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24, Spring
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, Kreutzer

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Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Perform an All-Beethoven Program

August 22: The outstanding violinist Joshua Bell and acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, longtime collaborators, bring their insightful artistry to bear on two pieces central to the violin-and-piano repertoire: Beethoven’s Spring and Kreutzer sonatas.
Rooted in the Classical world of Mozart, the Spring Sonata of 1801 is one of the most beloved violin sonatas of all time. The optimism and lyricism of its melodies likely suggested the sonata’s nickname, which was not Beethoven’s own. The Kreutzer Sonata, composed three years later, is a contrastingly dramatic and intense work that stands with such larger works as the Eroica and Fifth symphonies as defining Beethoven’s “heroic” voice.

Available August 22, 2020 at 8PM through August 29


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Cynthia and Robert J. Lepofsky

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