About the series “Masters of High Romanticism: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms”

A 3-recital series by


Calendar of the 9 concerts:

New York: Alice Tully Hall – Lincoln Center 

31 October 2014 (Chopin)

15 December 2014 (Schumann)

10 February 2015 (Brahms)


Vienna: Brahms Saal – Musikverein

24 October 2014 (Chopin)

5 December 2014 (Schumann)

13 March 2015 (Brahms)


Berlin: Kammermusiksaal – Philharmonie

14 January 2015 (Chopin)

26 February 2015 (Schumann)

12 April 2015 (Brahms)


The three programmes:

1. Chopin4 Scherzi, 4 Ballades

2. SchumannThe 3 Piano Sonatas

3. Brahms: Piano Variations

Esteemed Italian pianist Carlo Grante presented a three-concert series entitled “Masters of High Romanticism” in New York, Vienna and Berlin during the 2014-2015 concert season. Each program was devoted to a single Romantic-era composer – Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

The composers featured in ‘Masters of High Romanticism’ are piano giants,” Grante says, “embodying the core of Romantic music at its most expressive. Each concert is devoted to works by a single composer, to highlight the unique contribution of each to the evolution of musical form: the narrative, dancing, dreaming sound-world of Chopin, who virtually invented the Ballade as a musical genre and emancipated the Scherzo from its origins in dance; Schumann’s creative expansion of sonata-form into a journey of heroic proportions; and the inventiveness of Brahms’s variation style, revitalizing a familiar form with the quintessence of his instrumental genius.

“While each program will provide a full musical experience,” he continues, “the three-concert series is intended to present a kind of guided tour through the mind of the Romantic musical creative artist, whose goal was the most direct, intimate communication involving three parties: the composer, the performer and the listener.” 

“Masters of High Romanticism” was presented in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (31 October 2014, 15 December 2014 and 10 February 2015), in  Vienna at the Musikverein’s Brahms-Saal (October 24 and December 5, 2014, and March 13, 2015) and in Berlin at the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal (January 14, February 26 and April 12, 2015).

For more details, see Calendar.

Carlo Grante’s performance of the Chopin Ballades and Scherzi were reviewed by Berliner Zeitung and New York Concert Review, his performance of Schumann’s Sonatas were reviewed in New York Concert Review and Classics Today, and his performance of Brahms’ Variations by Tagesspiegel and Blogcritics.

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