The hall is presenting Chris Thile, who is presently storming the classical charts. Has it ever booked a solo mandolin before?
On Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall presents mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist, Chris Thile—of the ensemble Punch Brothers—in a program that features Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin played on the mandolin, along with original compositions and contemporary music. Thile’s recording of three works by Bach—Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Partita No. 1 in B minor, and Sonata No. 2 in A minor—was recently released on his recording Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 on Nonesuch Records. The record was produced by Thile’s friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.
Thile notes, “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It’s about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light.”