Vijay Iyer: NEW WORK (world premiere) (2021-22)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 (1821-22)
Morton Feldman: Palais de Mari (1986)
In the spring of 2020, much of the world came to a standstill, and the following twelve months brought a dramatic mix of suspended time, social upheaval, loss and renewal. Sarah Rothenberg, recently called a “trailblazing pianist” by The Boston Globe, presents a fascinating program that encompasses extremes of emotion and the spiritual power of music across 200 years. Beethoven’s transcendent last piano sonata of 1821-22, at the center of the program, is preceded by a new work by genre-defying, Grammy Award-winning composer Vijay Iyer, commissioned by DACAMERA for this concert. The recital closes with Morton Feldman’s timelessly contemplative final piano work.
“During the past year at home, Beethoven Op. 111 and Feldman’s Palais de Mari were the two works that sustained me. Endless inspiration came from Beethoven’s sonata of contrasting movements and Feldman’s mesmerizing meditation on time. I asked the incredibly inventive Vijay Iyer to compose a new work for me to open this program, as we come to the end of a year containing both darkness and light.” — Sarah Rothenberg
“Entrancing” – Alex Ross, The New Yorker, author of The Rest is Noise and Wagnerism
“Under Rothenberg’s exquisite touch, each pause in Feldman’s slowly unrolling scroll becomes suspenseful, each note within seems profound.”– Bachtrack
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