Carnegie Hall Presents

A Golden Age of Music

Bask in the glorious music of great composers—Debussy, Mahler, and Strauss—from Carnegie Hall’s early years. It’s the perfect way to celebrate our 120th anniversary.

Berliner Philharmoniker

New York Philharmonic

The Cleveland Orchestra

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

Program

DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
DVORÁK The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36
The Berliner Philharmoniker has long been among the premier orchestras in the world, and under Sir Simon Rattle it is “achieving a new kind of invigorating glory” (The New York Times). For their first of three concerts at Carnegie Hall this season, they perform music that shows the range of fin-de-siècle music, from the august Dvořák’s Golden Spinning-Wheel to Debussy’s languid response to a Mallarmé poem.

New York Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor

Program

MAHLER Symphony No. 6
With imperious march music, moments of pastoral repose (complete with cowbells), and heaven-storming passages overflowing with joy, Mahler’s Sixth is a tumultuous whirlwind of musical extremes. Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the work that he has called his favorite Mahler symphony, a “powerful expression of life’s experiences.”

Listen

Mahler Symphony No. 6, "Tragic" (Allegro)


New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
Sony

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Nina Stemme, Soprano (Salome)
Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone (Jochanaan)
Rudolf Schasching, Tenor (Herod)
Jane Henschel, Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias)
Garrett Sorenson, Tenor (Narraboth)

Cast also includes:
Jennifer Johnson Cano
Rodell Rosel, Tenor
Matthew Plenk, Tenor
Bryan Griffin, Tenor
James Kryshak, Tenor
Brian Keith-Johnson, Baritone
Sam Handley, Bass-Baritone
Darren Stokes, Bass-Baritone
Evan Boyer, Bass

Program

R. STRAUSS Salome, Op. 54 (concert performance)
In Salome, Strauss set a scandalous libretto to some of the most incendiary and ingenious music in opera. This concert performance is a rare opportunity to hear one of music history’s most revolutionary works played by one of the world’s best orchestras, with reigning stars of the opera house Nina Stemme and Eric Owens in the lead roles.

Listen

R. Strauss's Salome (Final Scene)


Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden | Antonio Pappano, Conductor | Nina Stemme, Soprano
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