Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras II

Take a musical grand tour with orchestras from four European cultural capitals. Tchaikovsky’s third and fourth symphonies, Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, Schubert’s “Great” Symphony, and Bruckner’s Ninth are all part of this series.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Berliner Philharmoniker

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, October 10, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 3, "Polish"
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Encore:TCHAIKOVSKY Trepak from The Nutcracker
Of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the third best encapsulates all that made his ballet music so special. Balanchine used it in his famous ballet Jewels, and Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra present it here on a program that also includes the symphony that Tchaikovsky considered to be his best.

Listen

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (Andante sostenuto— Moderato con anima—Moderato assai quasi Andante—Allegro vivo)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Philips

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 8 PM

Performers

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
András Schiff, Piano

Program

BARTÓK Hungarian Peasant Songs
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, "Great"

Encore:BARTÓK Dance of the Urog Swinherds from Hungarian Sketches
András Schiff completes the cycle of Bartók’s three piano concertos that he began two nights before. These two concerts are a sort of reunion: Schiff was born in Budapest and attended school there with conductor Iván Fischer, and in 1997 they recorded Bartók’s concertos together. Those performances were widely acclaimed, and you can hear them together again with the Budapest Festival Orchestra here at Carnegie Hall.

Listen

Bartók Piano Concerto No2, Sz 95 (Allegro molto)


Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, Conductor; András Schiff, Piano 
Warner Classics International
Schubert's Symphony No. 9, Andante Allegro ma non troppo


Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
Channel Classics

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 24, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

Program

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (completed performance edition by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (rev. 2011))
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Walter Frisch, Professor of Music, Columbia University.

Anton Bruckner was working on his Ninth Symphony until the day he died in 1896, but never completed the work he had dedicated to “the Almighty God.” Deeply spiritual in conception, Bruckner’s Ninth is grand, sweeping Romantic music, filled with triumphant brass chorales and poignant lyricism.

Listen

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 (Adagio)


Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 4, 2012 | 2 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel, Conductor

Program

R. STRAUSS Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite
J. STRAUSS JR. Overture to Die Fledermaus
J. STRAUSS JR. Secunden Polka, Op. 258
J. STRAUSS JR. Kaiser Waltz, Op. 437
J. STRAUSS JR. Csárdás from Die Fledermaus
J. STRAUSS JR. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
J. STRAUSS JR. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Encores:J. STRAUSS JR. Perpetuum Mobile (Perpetual Motion), Op. 257
J. STRAUSS JR. Eljen a Magyar (Hail to Hungary), Op. 332
Every January since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has waltzed in the new year at the Musikverein, and today the concert is broadcast in 70 countries. But you won’t have to wait until January 1 this year: Stay in New York City and hear the orchestra perform music by “the waltz king” and his father here at Carnegie Hall, along with music by Richard Strauss.

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Johann Strauss Jr. Kaiserwalzer


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Lorin Maazel, Conductor 
Deutsche Grammophon