Friday, March 8, 2024,  8 pm
at Jordan Hall, Boston


Minsoo Sohn, piano


photo credit: Shin-Joong Kim




Program ~

Franz Liszt
Consolations, S.172
Consolation No. 1 in E major:  Andante con moto
Consolation No. 2 in E major:  Un poco più mosso
Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major:  lento placido
Consolation No. 4 in E major:  Quasi Adagio
Consolation No. 5 in E major:  Andantino
Consolation No. 6:  Allegretto sempre cantabile

~ intermission ~

Franz Liszt

Transcendental Études, S.139
Etude No. 1 in C Major, "Prelude"
Etude No. 2 in A Minor
Etude No. 3 in F Major, "Paysage" (Landscape)
Etude No. 4 in D Minor, "Mazeppa"
Etude No. 5 in B-flat Major, "Feux follets" (Will-o’-the-wisps)
Etude No. 6 in G Minor, "Vision"
Etude No. 7 in E-flat Major, "Eroica"
Etude No. 8 in C Minor, "Wilde Jagd" (Wild hunt)
Etude No. 9 in A-flat Major, "Ricordanza" (Remembrance)
Etude No. 10 in F Minor
Etude No. 11 in D-flat Major, "Harmonies du soir" (Evening harmonies)
Etude No. 12 in B-flat Minor, "Chasse-neige" (Blizzard)

Minsoo Sohn,

"A genuine artist, with a thoughtfully conceived and poetic interpretation." – New York Times
Sohn plays with a thrilling, personal, hall-filling sound that is also flexible, voca
l, and immediate; he was born to play the piano. One can feel absolutely certain that Sohn is an artist, a man who will create life in music, find listeners, and reward them. – Boston Globe
Mr. Sohn illuminated here with a thoughtfully conceived and poetic interpretation, enhanced by tasteful ornamentation. Mr. Sohn’s crisp articulation rendered the fast, virtuosic numbers a delight, and he imbued the slower sections with an appealing intimacy. –
New York Times
Sohn tosses off the fearsome technical challenges without breaking stride while at the same time elegantly colouring each mood. –
Toronto star
These were deeply considered, tightly knit performances in which every bar seamlessly followed another and also filled its right place in the whole. It is virtually impossible to pick his interpretations apart, point to details, it all seemed consequent and inevitable…His performance stood out for its steady pace and progression, its splendid clarity and consistency of tone, and the elegance of the melodic lines. Playing a modern instrument in the same way he played the Webern and the Brahms, he was able, as I mentioned above, to do justice to modern technique and the Baroque origins of the music. Sohn’s approach was so free from mannerisms and so well integrated. In its rigor, elegance, and integrity, Minsoo Sohn’s interpretation is the most satisfying I have heard in recent years. –
New York Arts

Minsoo Sohn is a Korean American pianist known for his musical intelligence and masterful virtuosity. Described by the New York Times as "a genuine artist, with a thoughtful and poetic interpretation" and the Boston Globe as "born to play the piano," Sohn continues to expand his reputation as one of the foremost pianists of his day. Sohn has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Israel and Korea and has appeared in important venues and festivals.

Sohn is particularly noted for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and the New York Times praised his Honens-label recording of the work as a "beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation," placing it one of the top classical recordings of 2011. His recordings also received critical acclaim by New Yorker Magazine, Plain Dealer, Gramophone, Calgary Herald and Toronto Star among others.

In 2020, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Mr. Sohn concluded his four year immersion in the composer’s music, which has included concert series, recordings and writings. Over the course of his Beethoven project, Mr. Sohn performed and recorded the composer’s thirty-two sonatas in series of recitals at Seoul Arts Center and recording sessions at Tongyeong Concert Hall. The recital series also included Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations and Bagatelles. The Sony Classical released the highly anticipated nine-album set of "Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas" in the Fall of 2020.

He held positions at Michigan State University and Korean National University of Arts before joining his alma mater, New England Conservatory, in Fall 2023.
He is indebted to Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun for guiding him to follow his bliss.

By Dr. Jannie Burdeti

音樂會門票分為$60 (貴賓保留區、可預先指定座位)及$40(不對號自由入座)兩種, 學生票$20 (不對號自由座區)  。六歲以下兒 童請勿入場 。購票:喬登廳票房: 617-585-1260。網站購票: 無手續費 。
$60: VIP Reserved Seats
$40: open seating at non-VIP section
$20: student open seating at non-VIP section
Children under 6 not admitted.

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100 free student tickets available at only (1 per request for age 14 and up)

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