Inon Barnatan, pianoWednesday, May 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM
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About This Performance
New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert has called Israeli-born pianist Inon Barnatan “a complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed.” Barnatan’s May program explores multiple approaches to the idea of variations in music, opening with Handel’s Chaconne, built around an eight-bar theme, and concluding with Brahms’s use of a simple theme from Handel’s First Harpsichord Suite and 25 variations of astonishing variety. The work closes with a masterful and exultant fugue built upon a four-note motif from the original theme.
Handel: Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
Ligeti: Musica Ricercata
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24