Cole Porter 1891–1964
«Night’n’Day» from Gay Divorce (arr. Gershwin Piano Quartet)
Improvisation on «Oh, Lady Be Good!» from Lady, Be Good
Leonard Bernstein 1918–1990
Songs and Dances from West Side Story
«I had many apartments, but I was at home at the piano»
Performing on four pianos, the Gershwin Piano Quartet, which was founded in 1996, offers its audience a novel and exciting concert experience. The four virtuoso pianists perform a dazzling set of arrangements and improvisations on some of Gershwin’s most popular songs and orchestral works.
In this programme, the quartet does not just confine itself to Gershwin’s music, but relates it to important works by other wanderers between classical and popular music. It is for this reason that the quartet (consisting of the multiple prizewinners Mischa Cheung, André Desponds, Benjamin Engeli and Stefan Wirth) succeeds like no other ensemble in making the manifold interactions between classical music and jazz, classical ballet and Broadway show tangible. In this exciting concert programme, musical worlds coincide: works of Gershwin and of Rachmaninoff, his romantic and beautiful Vocalise and stirring «Tarantella», meet Piazzolla’s slow tango Oblivion, a Tango-Fugue by quartet member Stefan Wirth meets Earl Wild’s «Gershwin-Etude» as well as Cole Porter’s light jazzy ballad «Night’n’Day». Highlights from Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway show West Side Story round off a wonderfully varied programme.