American pianist and conductor Jeremy Denk takes you with Les Violons du Roy on this captivating journey through seven centuries of evolving musical language—looking at the ways leading composers from the Middle Ages to Johann Sebastian Bach express serenity, elation, humour, sadness, and even battle.
Conductors and soloists
Jeremy DenkPianist and conductor
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.
In 2019–2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of all performances, Denk toured Bach’s Well Tempered Klavier Book 1 extensively, which was to culminate with performances at Lincoln Center in New York and the Barbican in London. He returned to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and made his solo debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. He also made his solo recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin performing works by Bach, Ligeti, Berg, and Schumann, and returned to the Piano aux Jacobins Festival in France, as well as London’s Wigmore Hall. Further performances abroad included his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony, his returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Piano Espoo Festival in Finland, and recitals of the complete Ives Violin Sonatas with Stefan Jackiw.
Denk’s recording of the Goldberg Variations for Nonesuch Records reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Charts. His recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111, paired with Ligeti’s Études was named one of the best discs of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post, and his account of the Beethoven sonata was selected by BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library as the best available version recorded on modern piano. Denk has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives’s two piano sonatas also featured in many “best of the year” lists. His recording c.1300–c.2000 was released in 2018 with music ranging from Guillaume de Machaut, Gilles Binchois, and Carlo Gesualdo to Stockhausen, Ligeti, and Glass.
Concerto for Piano No.1 in D Minor, BWV1052
Concerto for Piano No.2 in E Major, BWV1053
O virtus Sapientiae (version for string orchestra)
Haec dies (version for string orchestra)
Christes Crosse (version for string orchestra)
Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti (version for string orchestra)
Battalia a 10
Fantasia a 4 No.2 in D Minor, Z. 739 (version for string orchestra)
Lachrimae Antiquae Novae from Lachrimae or Seven Tears (version for string orchestra)
Moro, lasso, al mio duolo (version for string orchestra)