Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras II

If, as Mahler once said, a symphony is a world, this series presents a galaxy of music: Berlioz’s phantasmagoric Symphonie fantastique, symphonies by Nielsen and Shostakovich—and Mahler’s massive “Tragic” Symphony No. 6. All for you to discover on Great American Orchestras II.

Minnesota Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

New York Philharmonic

The Cleveland Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY Voyevoda Overture, Op. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
NIELSEN Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia espansiva"

Encore:GRIEG "Notturno," Op. 54, No. 4
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

New Yorkers take note: Over the past three seasons, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations, and a Carnegie Hall appearance by this group and their conductor is now a must-hear event. In their only New York City concert this season, they join Stephen Hough in Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto, and shed light on a rapturous symphony by the Danish composer Nielsen.

Listen

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Allegro con fuoco


Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä, Conductor; Stephen Hough, Piano
Hyperion

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, March 9, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, Conductor
Peter Serkin, Piano

Program

RAVEL Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Piano and Winds
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
The Boston Symphony Orchestra closes out its three-night stay at Carnegie Hall with the tuneful populism of Shostakovich’s best-known symphony. Premiered in 1937, the Fifth put the composer back in the good graces of Stalin and the Communist government, which had banned his notorious opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk the previous year and had always viewed Shostakovich as something of a troublemaker.

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
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin

Program

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
KAIJA SAARIAHO Laterna magica (NY Premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B Minor
Hear one of America’s greatest orchestras perform exemplary music from three centuries. The Cleveland Orchestra and Maestro Franz Welser-Möst are joined by acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham for a program that includes the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna magica, a work inspired by the autobiography of Ingmar Bergmann, and works by Brahms and Shostakovich.

Listen

Laterna Magica


Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Ondine
Brahms's Violin Concerto (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piu presto)


Berliner Philharmoniker | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Gil Shaham, Violin
Deutsche Grammophon