Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras II


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 3, 2010 | 2 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Program

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
DVORÁK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

Program is approximately 1 hour, 55 minutes, including one intermission
Encores:BACH Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
BERNSTEIN Waltz from Divertimento for Orchestra
Thirteen years after the opening chords of Brahms’s overture rang out in Vienna’s Musikverein, a Carnegie Hall audience cheered the first performance of the Czech composer Dvorák’s tribute to America. Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic breathe new life into these works, and welcome Yo-Yo Ma to perform the cello concerto that Pablo Casals called “sublime music from beginning to end.”

Listen

Dvorák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World” (II. Largo)


Vienna Philharmonic / Lorin Maazel, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 24, 2010 | 2 PM

Performers

Anastasia Kalagina, Soprano
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 1
Hear trumpets proclaiming a fanfare from offstage, a bass solo that parodies “Frère Jacques”—even sleigh bells. For the final concert of their Carnegie Hall Mahler showcase, Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra present two of the composer’s symphonies, both incorporating novel effects. Soprano Anastasia Kalagina joins on the fourth symphony, whose final movement is a haunting setting of a poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Listen

Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan”Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” (IV. Stürmisch bewegt)


London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev, conductor
LSO Live

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, March 21, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano
NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
André Previn, Principal Guest Conductor

Program

TORU TAKEMITSU Green
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
In 1944, as Soviet Russia defended itself from Nazi invasion, Prokofiev wrote his Fifth Symphony as “a hymn to free and happy Man … his pure and noble spirit.” A few years later, an elderly Strauss composed his Four Last Songs, performed here by the legendary Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Hear both of these pieces, along with music by Takemitsu that pays homage to Debussy.

Listen

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 (I. Andante)


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
EMI Classics

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Alisa Weilerstein, Cello
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Program

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Prelude to Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Encore:ELGAR Nimrod From Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Weilerstein’s “powerhouse sound is just about irresistible” (The Washington Post)—even earning her an invitation to perform at the White House. She’ll win you over on this program with a concerto Shostakovich wrote for Rostropovich, who premiered it in Leningrad in 1959.

Listen

Prokofiev March from The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a


St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov, Conductor
RCA Victor Red Seal