Music in NYC: Hommage à Chopin by Daniil Trifonov, piano at Carnegie Hall

Music in NYC:  Hommage à Chopin by Daniil Trifonov, piano at Carnegie Hall

Perspectives Series by Daniil Trifonov 

Chopin by Daniil Trifonov Carnegie Hall NYC
Daniil Trifonov; photo credit Dario Acosta / DG / Image courtesy of Carnegie Hall

Daniil Trifonov, 26-year old Russian pianist, is giving a seven-concert Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall 2017-2018 season opening it with a solo recital on October, 28, 2017.

After winning the first prize in 2011 Tchaikovsky competition and becoming an international sensation, Trifonov gave his first Carnegie Hall recital two month later and had regularly returned to dazzle and delight New York music fans. This coming season he is dedicating much of his Perspectives to the oeuvre of Chopin and the compositions inspired by Chopin’s music.

The recital on October 28, 2017 will include Fantaisie-Impromptu and Sonata No. 2 by Chopin as well as the works of Mompou, Greig, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Barber all on the theme of Chopin. Well known for his amazing technique, poetic sensitivity and a highly emotional charge, turning to Chopin seems to be an obvious decision for Trifonov.

It is not coincidental as the pianist is also working with Deutsche Grammophone on a release of a double-album scheduled for October 6, 2017. The album is titled Chopin Evocations. Many of the pieces included in the October recital are also in the new album.

Trifonov’s Perspectives concerts later in the season will feature collaborations with Kremerata Baltica, a cellist Gautier Capucon, Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev conducting, a baritone Matthias Goerne and a two-piano concert with Trifonov’s mentor Sergei Babayan.

Chopin by Daniil Trifonov Carnegie Hall NYC
Carnegie Hall; photo credit Jeff Goldberg / Esto / Image courtesy of Carnegie Hall

The history of the Perspectives goes back to 1999 when Mauricio Pollini was selected to create the series “which allows musicians to program and perform a group of concerts that deeply explore their artistic interests” as described by the Carnegie Hall “Then and Now”. From that time on Leif Ove Andsnes, Mitsuko Uchida, Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Jeremy Denk, Andras Schiff among others were taking Carnegie Hall Perspectives residencies. It is interesting to note that Trifonov will be the youngest artist featured on the Perspectives series.

In the previous season, with a program of Schuman, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, Trifonov had excited the audiences with his technical brilliance and passion. His début at Caramoor in Katonah, NY was a highlight of 2017 Summer Festival there.The New Yorker magazine in its review of that year performance at Carnegie Hall notes that Trifonov “creates furor”.

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Perspectives series with Daniil Trifonov

Dates and Discounted Tickets with the code TICKETS3:

October 28, 2017 – Solo Recital

November 15, 2017 – with Mariinsky Orchestra

February 6, 2018 – with Matthias Goerne, baritone  

March 1, 2018 – Two-pianos with Sergei Babayan

April 25, 2018 – with Kremerata Baltica

April 26, 2018 – with Kremerata Baltica and Gautier Capuchon, cello

May 4, 2018 – Solo Recital


Venue: Carnegie Hall, 57th Street, NY      Directions to Carnegie Hall

Nightlife in NYC: Music nights with Mark Berman and Friends

Nightlife in NYC: Music nights with Mark Berman and Friends

Unforgettable music nights with Mark Berman at Pangea Club

jazz club East Village NYC Pangea piano Mark Berman
Mark Berman; photo credit Sandrine Lee

Gentle strokes of piano keys, sensible and precise bass section, intimate atmosphere of a downtown music club are what you will find at Pangea on the music nights with Mark Berman. The master at the piano will fill the room with the first-rate jazz that might remind you a dreamy Paris café somewhere close to Sorbonne with the young and the old mixing together for a night of musical delicacies over tasty drinks. The welcoming setting of the club may even inspire you to take a turn at the mic as the night key feature is an open mic in a warm company of friends. Singers who are planning to use sheet music are asked to bring two copies with you for Mark and his friends.

jazz club East Village NYC Pangea piano Mark Berman
Mark Berman; photo credit Sandrine Lee

Berman, a well-known pianist, composer and arranger, has performed and recorded with who’s who of jazz, pop and rock from Aretha Franklin to Wycliffe Gordon and many others. He has written and produced music for television and film including Sex in the City, Nurse Jackie and more. Berman has also been a powerful presence on Broadway, where he has conducted orchestras for Rent, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Blood Brothers, and played lead piano/keyboards on Bullets Over Broadway, The Boy from Oz and many other popular plays. He is a graduate of Hartt School of Music.

Pangea, located in the heart of East Village in NYC, is truly a downtown oasis of great music, good food, and tasty drinks.

You can reserve your seats for the night here or pay at the doors.

Venue: Pangea Club, 178 2nd Ave, New York, NY

Dates: First Monday of the month; next event is on November 6, 2017


Opera in NYC: Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera in NYC: Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera

Grand spectacle of legendary tale of pride, revenge, and love

Opera Turandot at Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center NYC
Turandot poster by Mushii, 1926 via Wikimedia Commons

The timeless story of a cold and proud Chinese princess claiming her superiority over every contender for her heart is richly staged in this historic Franco Zefferelli  production from 1987 of the last masterpiece by Giacomo Puccini. The cast at the Met Opera includes Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the title role, Marcelo Alvarez as Prince Calaf with Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conducting. Opulent orchestration, inclusion of the uncommon musical instruments in the score, innovative use of chorus and ballet are all part of this grand spectacle of pride, revenge, and love.

The creation of this opera is a tale in itself. Puccini first came across this subject after reading F. Schiller’s translation into German of Carlo Gozzi’s  play with the same title. Gozzi’s play, in turn, was based on one of “The Seven Beauties” fables by Nizami, 12th-century Persian poet renowned for his narrative poems and lyrical verses. “The Seven Beauties” plot ties together time (days of the week), colors (each story is given a color) and action. The cold and independent daughter of a king of Turan, Turandokht, was the story of the first day told under the red dome. Another version has it that Gozzi’s play Turandot was inspired by the fairy tales Les Mille et un Jours (1722) by François Pétis de la Croix  from the original version in Persian. 

Opera Turandot at Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center NYC
Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf in Puccini’s Turandot. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

But it doesn’t stop there. When Puccini started his work on the opera in 1920, he received a Chinese music box as a gift from Italy’s former ambassador to China. The box played several Chinese songs three of which were included in the score of the opera and ultimately transformed the action to a legend time China. It is not surprising that the leitmotif for Turandot is the folk melody “Mo Li Hua“.

Puccini was so immersed in this project that his librettists Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni  couldn’t keep up and were behind with the text. By March 1924 the score was almost completed up to the finale. But Puccini wasn’t happy with the verses for the final duet so the librettists continued writing until October of that year. Puccini’s sudden death from a heart attack on November 29, 1924, left the music unfinished and was eventually completed by an Italian composer Franco Alfano. The premiere took place at La Scala, Milan, on Sunday 25 April 1926.

Starting from 1926 Turandot is successfully performed at every opera house around the world. In China, the opera has entered the regular repertoire only in 1998 when it was performed for the first time under the title of Turandot at the Forbidden City.
The third act of the opera starts with Nessun Dorma, one of the most recognizable arias memorably popularized by Luciano Pavarotti among other artists. While an unforgettable recording of Turandot with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti with Zubin Mehta conducting is available, nothing can beat the live performance at the Met Opera!

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Opera Turandot at Metropolitan Opera Lincoln Center NYC
Oksana Dyka in the title role of Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera



Dates and Discounted Tickets with the code TICKETS3:  

Saturday, October 21,                                       

Wednesday, October 25,                                   

Saturday, October 28,                                   

Tuesday, October 31,                                   

Saturday, November 04,                                   

Wednesday, November 08,                                   

Saturday, November 11,                                   

Thursday, November 16,                                   

Wednesday, March 21,                                    

Saturday, March, 24,                                   

Wednesday, March 28,                                   

Saturday, March 31,                                   

Thursday, April 05


Venue: Met Opera, Lincoln Center, NY