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Ivan Fischer at Carnegie Hall

Ivan Fischer conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Iván Fischer, Conductor
Jonathan Biss, Piano

WEINER Serenade, Op. 3
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
BARTÓK Hungarian Sketches
MOZART Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

At a Glance

Leó Weiner and Béla Bartók—two Hungarian composers whose lives overlapped substantially—offer different ways of treating folk-music material and approaching their audiences with music derived from their native land. Weiner remained essentially a Romantic composer, while Bartók developed an advanced musical language that grew out of folk traditions. But in the case of both pieces on tonight's program, while folk characteristics are palpable, neither is based on the quotation of traditional music.

The two pieces by composers of Germanic Europe were composed when both men were in their early 30s. Schumann, at 30, was in just his first year as a composer of orchestral music, turning out an early version of what became the Piano Concerto in A Minor, which he enlarged and performed four years later. Mozart, though only 32 at the time he composed the "Jupiter" Symphony, was only three years from the end of his life, and in this extraordinary work he brought to an end the list of his symphonic works.
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