Star pianists Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler take on Franz Liszt’s challenging “Poetic and Religious Harmonies” in its entirety. The arduous ten-movement cycle is rarely performed live.
Premieres Sunday, March 8 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, streaming app and allarts.org
The Set List series continues Sunday, March 8 at 8 p.m. on ALL ARTS with Liszt’s Poetic & Religious Harmonies at Green-Wood Cemetery. Pianists Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler perform the complete ten-movement cycle of Poetic and Religious Harmonies by Franz Liszt, a feat rarely performed in its entirety due to the physical and emotional endurance it requires.
Given the difficulty of the full cycle of ten pieces, Tendler and Lin alternate playing. Opening with Liszt’s “Invocation,” the other pieces in the program include “The Blessing of God in Solitude,” “Funeral,” and “Hymn of Love.” The program was performed in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn as part of Death of Classical’s Angel’s Share program, an opera and chamber music concert series that takes place in the Catacombs of the cemetery.
The Set List: Liszt’s Poetic & Religious Harmonies at Green-Wood Cemetery features piano at its best.
Journey into Green-Wood Cemetery’s historic catacombs for a spellbinding performance of Franz Liszt’s “Poetic and Religious Harmonies”, which is rarely performed in full due to its difficulty. This performance, part of Death of Classical’s Angel’s Share program, features pianists Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler tackling this monumental cycle of solo piano works by a 19th century master.
Noted as one of the most respected young pianists today, Lin is admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, NDR and SWR German Radio orchestras, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, SF Jazz, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and National Gallery of Art, appearing at Festivals such as Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto USA, Kings Place London, Chopin Festival Austria, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Germany. Lin’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World and Albany Records.
A 2019 recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists and “remarkable and insightful musician” (LA Times) “joyfully rocking out at his keyboard” (New York Times), pianist Adam Tendler is a recognized interpreter of living and modern composers. A pioneer of DIY culture in classical music, between 2005 and 2006 Tendler performed in all fifty United States as part of a grassroots recital tour he called America 88×50, which became the subject of his memoir, 88×50, a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award nominee. A presence in all new music and classical genres as a concert soloist, recording artist, speaker and educator, Tendler has also performed the complete major piano works of Aaron Copland and collaborates with the John Cage Trust and Edition Peters in presenting Cage’s work internationally. In 2019 he released the album Robert Palmer: Piano Music on New World Records, and published his second book, tidepools.
Run Time: 1.5 hours
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Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler. Credit Kevin Condon.
Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler. Credit Kevin Condon.