“Denk’s piano playing mingles urbanity with unabashed beauty.” – Washington Post
The year is already proving to be a busy one for pianist Jeremy Denk, who has just released a new recording – an album of Bach partitas – and given, among other high-profile engagements, a solo recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, where he ingeniously paired Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations with a modern classic, Ligeti’s Études. In guest appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (March 14 and 15), Denk will once again showcase his versatility as well as his gift for collaborative give-and-take, performing works for solo, duet, and quintet by Dvorák and Smetana.
On March 14 at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and on March 15 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Denk will play selections from Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances as piano duets, the form in which they were originally written, with Wu Han, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society. He will join a quartet of CMS string players for Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, and will go solo in two Smetana piano pieces.
About the program, Denk says: “The Dvorák Slavonic Dances have always been special to me, in the same way that certain Schubert pieces for four-hands are. … I was delighted when Wu Han asked if I would like to play some of them with her.”