CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Friday, February 21, 2014 | 8 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The intrepid Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of its fearless Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, returns to Carnegie Hall with a program of some of the most profoundly emotional meditations found in the orchestral repertoire. The performance includes Beethoven’s deeply felt “Eroica” Symphony, whose funeral march has rhythmic patterns echoed in Strauss’s post-war lament Metamorphosen. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s playfully dark and virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1 with Johannes Moser.

Please note that cellist Truls Mørk has withdrawn from this performance due to an injury to his shoulder as a result of a skiing accident.

Performers

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
  • Johannes Moser, Cello

Program

  • R. STRAUSS Metamorphosen
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra


    The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of innovation in music making. The orchestra is focused on inspiring the future while transforming its rich tradition of achievement, seeking to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge-and exceed-that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.

    Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth artistic leader of the orchestra in fall 2012, and has been embraced by the musicians of the orchestra, audiences, and the community itself. Yannick's concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses, and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concertgoers through Post-Concert Conversations. In addition to recordings, in Yannick's inaugural season the orchestra has also returned to the radio airwaves with weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.

    Philadelphia is home, and the orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center, but also those who enjoy the orchestra's other area performances at The Mann Center, Penn's Landing, and other venues. The orchestra is also a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the US. Having been the first American orchestra to perform in China in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, while also enjoying annual residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, and at the Bravo! Vail festival.

    Musician-led initiatives, including highly successful Cello and Violin Play-Ins, shine a spotlight on the orchestra's musicians as they spread out from the stage into the community. The orchestra's commitment to its education and community partnership initiatives manifests itself in numerous other ways, including concerts for families and students, and eZseatU, a program that allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee. Visit philorch.org for more information.


    Yannick Nézet-Séguin


    Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 2012. His highly collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. In his first season, he took the orchestra to new musical heights. His second builds on that momentum with highlights that include a Philadelphia Commissions Micro-Festival, for which three leading composers have been commissioned to write solo works for three of the orchestra's principal players; the next installment in his multi-season focus on requiems with Fauré's Requiem; and a unique, theatrically staged presentation of Strauss's revolutionary opera Salome, a first-ever co-production with Opera Philadelphia.

    Yannick has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation. Since 2008, he has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, and since 2000 artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain. He becomes the first-ever mentor conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music's conducting fellows program in fall 2013. He has made wildly successful appearances with the world's most revered ensembles, and has conducted critically acclaimed performances at many of the leading opera houses.

    Yannick and Deutsche Grammophon (DG) enjoy a long-term collaboration. Under his leadership, the orchestra returns to recording with a newly released CD on that label of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Leopold Stokowski transcriptions. Yannick continues a fruitful recording relationship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic for DG, BIS, and EMI/Virgin; the London Philharmonic for the LPO label; and the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA Classique.

    A native of Montreal, Yannick studied at that city's Conservatory of Music and continued lessons with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. Among Yannick's honors are an appointment as Companion of the Order of Canada, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Canada's National Arts Centre Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec in Montreal. Visit philorch.org/conductor to read Yannick's full bio.

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  • Johannes Moser


    German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Munich, Hong Kong, and Israel philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, London, and Tokyo symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw, and Bavarian Radio orchestras. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 2012. His 2013-2014 season engagements include debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon and Houston symphonies, as well as returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the WDR Cologne, and the Philharmonie Essen. He is also an enthusiastic advocate for the electric cello, which he uses to explore new possibilities in sound as well as for improvisation.

    Mr. Moser has an extensive award-winning discography on Hänssler Classics. He has received two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recordings on that label. His concerto debut disc, which features the complete works of Saint-Saëns for cello and orchestra with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, was named one of Classics Today's Top 10 CDs of 2008. His other recordings include works by Britten, Bridge, and Bax; a disc of Martinů, Hindemith, and Honegger concertos; and Britten's Cello Symphony and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

    Born into a musical family in 1979 as a dual citizen of Germany and Canada, Mr. Moser began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of David Geringas in 1997. Mr. Moser was the top prizewinner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the "Rococo" Variations. A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an avid outdoorsman, Mr. Moser climbs mountains in his free time and has crossed the Alps on his mountain bike.

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Audio

Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" (Allegro con brio)
The Philadelphia Orchesta | Riccardo Muti, Conductor
Seraphim Classics

At a Glance

RICHARD STRAUSS  Metamorphosen, A Study for 23 Solo Strings

Tonight's concert opens with one of Strauss's last works, his Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, composed in the wake of German defeat in the Second World War and amidst the cultural and physical destruction of the composer's world. The qualities of elegy and lament become explicit at the end, when Strauss briefly quotes the opening of the funeral march from the "Eroica" and at that point in the score marks IN MEMORIAM!


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107

Shostakovich wrote two cello concertos for his compatriot and friend Mstislav Rostropovich. One month after the First Concerto's successful premiere in Leningrad in October 1959, the great Russian cellist performed the US premiere in the Academy of Music with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Shostakovich was present, and then oversaw the first recording of the piece with those same forces.


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

Beethoven's Third Symphony, the monumental "Eroica," marked a turning point in the composer's life as well as in the history of the symphony. It was the signal work that ushered in his "heroic" middle period and broke with many of the expectations of what a symphony should be. The piece at first baffled many because of its length, complexity, and unusual form—an imposing first movement, a gigantic funeral march, a lively scherzo with playful horn trio, and a formidable concluding set of variations. Despite some of the initial bewilderment, the symphony became within a few years one of the most performed and influential pieces of orchestral music ever composed.

Program Notes

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin introduces The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fried in support of the 2013-2014 season.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This performance is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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