Performance Friday, May 16, 2014 | 8 PM

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The spirited Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of chief conductor Mariss Jansons, returns to Carnegie Hall to perform two works that highlight the destructive power of love: Strauss’s Don Juan, a score chronicling the notorious womanizer and his hedonistic audacity, and Berlioz’s orchestral tour-de-force Symphonie fantastique, a hallucinatory tale of suicide, murder, ecstasy, and despair drawn from an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor


  • JOHN ADAMS Slonimsky's Earbox
  • R. STRAUSS Don Juan
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique


R. Strauss's Don Juan
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
EMI Classics

At a Glance

This concert presents three vividly colorful works that mark important milestones in their composers' careers. John Adams's Slonimsky's Earbox, an homage to the raucousness of early Stravinsky, is poised between the minimalism of his early style and the more fluid, varied gestures of his mature work. Strauss's Don Juan, a dramatic but tightly wrought evocation of the legendary lover, launched the composer's career as the master of the Wagnerian tone poem. And Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique—which came half a century before Strauss's tone poem—revolutionized the modern symphony orchestra, providing daring new colors, structures, and content.

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