Music Preview: JEREMY DENK, PIANO (The Wallis)

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by Tony Frankel on April 22, 2018

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles


His academic lucidity, enchanted virtuosity and musical acumen make him one of the most exciting and accomplished pianists of our age. Now, Jeremy Denk is coming to The Wallis in Beverly Hills for a one-night only recital this Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30. This is a rare opportunity to see this kind of virtuosity in such an intimate venue; the Goldsmith Theater doesn’t just have amazing sight-lines but also incredible acoustics. It will be like having one of the most in-demand pianists playing for you in your own living room.

Denk is offering a characteristically zesty line-up that includes these mighty works: Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K.511 (a single movement all in 6/8 time); divine, commanding, late-career sonatas, one by Beethoven (No. 30 in E, Op. 109) and the other by Schubert (B-flat major D960 — his final sonata completed just a few months before his death); and Prokofiev’s Vision Fugitives.

The latter, which is comprised of 20 ephemeral gem-like miniatures — eccentric, otherworldly, high-spirited, outlandish, lyrical, subtle – is a perfect opportunity for Denk to reveal his ability to master every wide-ranging characteristic in music (just over a year ago, he was touring with a program of 25 short pieces from the medieval through modern periods – an event he called “a musical analogy to time-lapse photography”). Denk is also an exquisite writer and raconteur so be sure and see him in conversation with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen at 6:30 before the performance (a complimentary glass of wine will be provided by The Henry Wine Group for the pre-concert talk).

Jeremy Denk, piano
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills
plays Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:30
for tickets, call 310.746.4000 or visit The Wallis

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