Performance Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 2 PM

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The “formidable technique and dynamism” (The New York Times) of podium personality Mariss Jansons is on full display in this concert of orchestral works that run the emotional gamut. Jansons leads his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’s pastoral Second symphony and Ligeti’s Atmosphères, evoking a sense of timelessness in a web of dense sound textures and tonality. The orchestra is also joined by Gil Shaham for Berg’s Violin Concerto, which combines tonal style with 12-tone technique to examine life, death, and transfiguration.


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
  • Gil Shaham, Violin


  • LIGETI Atmosphères
  • BERG Violin Concerto
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 2


Brahms's Symphony No. 2 (Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino))
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Maris Jansons, Conductor
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At a Glance

This afternoon's concert opens with two modern and contemporary masterpieces that are now part of the orchestral repertoire. Ligeti's Atmosphères is a technical experiment, but it has an aura of spellbinding mystery that has continued to seduce audiences long since its celebrated appearance in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Berg's Violin Concerto, with its haunting lyricism, is an atonal work for those who normally dislike atonal music. He wrote it for Manon Gropius in 1935, the daughter of architect Walter Gropius and his wife Alma, the former wife of Mahler, who died tragically at age 18 and whom Berg loved as his own child. The concert concludes with Brahms's Second Symphony-the most mellow and spontaneous of his four, yet written with the composer's characteristic formal rigor.
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