Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras I

No series exemplifies Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary celebration like this one: the most famous worksfrom that golden age of music into which Carnegie Hall was born--including Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony and Mahler’s “Resurrection”--performed by illustrious orchestras and top conductors from around the world.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Berliner Philharmoniker

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-TCHAIKOVSKY PROGRAM Symphony No. 1, "Winter Daydreams"
Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"
The Mariinsky Orchestra begins its cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies with the first and the last. Tchaikovsky wrote his inaugural symphony as his career was blossoming in Moscow, where he took a teaching position at the Moscow Conservatory in 1866. Only days before his death in 1893, Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere of his “Pathétique” Symphony in his hometown of St. Petersburg, a musical farewell to the city from which he drew musical sustenance.

Listen

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathétique" (Allegro molto vivace)


Kirov Theater Orchestra / Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Philips
Tchaikovsky: A Man of Theater
Valery Gergiev reveals the importance of understanding the theatricality in Tchaikovsky's symphonies.

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM Egmont Overture
Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 5
This is the first of two all-Beethoven nights with a group that’s known for its vibrant, historically informed performances. In addition to the overture written for a play by Goethe, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his orchestra perform two of Beethoven’s best-known symphonies, the uplifting Seventh and the dramatic Fifth.

Listen

Mozart Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op 60 (Adagio)


Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Archiv

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 25, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor
Camilla Tilling, Soprano
Bernarda Fink, Mezzo-Soprano
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

WOLF "Frühlingschor" from Manuel Venegas
WOLF "Elfenlied"
WOLF "Der Feuerreiter"
MAHLER Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"
In 1894, Mahler took the stage with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first performance of his new “Resurrection” Symphony. Today, under Sir Simon Rattle, this illustrious orchestra’s Mahler is “incisive and impassioned” (The New York Times). On this concert, they are joined by the Westminster Symphonic Choir and soloists to perform the grand, dramatic symphony premiered over a century ago.

Listen

Mahler Symphony No.2 In C Minor "Resurrection" (II. Andante Moderato)


Berliner Philharmoniker; Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Decca

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, March 2, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel, Conductor

Program

ALL-SIBELIUS PROGRAM Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 1
In his native Finland, Sibelius is a cultural icon; worldwide, music lovers recognize him as among a handful of great 20th-century symphonists. His single-movement Seventh Symphony is a breathtaking work of vast musical vistas, and you can hear it with Lorin Maazel and the storied Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the program: Sibelius’s First Symphony, with its echoes of Tchaikovsky, and the distinctively uplifting, grandly heroic Fifth.

Listen

Sibelius Symphony No. 1 (Andante)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra;Lorin Maazel, Conductor
Decca