Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras III

This is the series for orchestra lovers that seek a little adventure. This series has music by Debussy and Schoenberg that remains as fresh and revelatory today as it did when it was premiered at the fin-de-siècle, and Lorin Maazel’s Ring Without Words, encapsulating the themes of the groundbreaking opera cycle by Wagner.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Berliner Philharmoniker

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 9, 2011 | 2 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian"
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

Encore:TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky rarely used folk music in his own work, but his Second Symphony is a noted exception. Its finale includes “The Crane,” which the composer found in a then-new book of Ukrainian folk songs. Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra continue their Tchaikovsky focus with this symphony, along with the composer’s fifth.

Listen

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 (Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza—Moderato con anima)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Philips

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.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel, Conductor

Program

MOZART Symphony No. 40
WAGNER / LORIN MAAZEL The Ring Without Words, for Orchestra
Wagner’s Ring cycle comprises 17 hours of opera. Lorin Maazel assembled his Ring Without Words as a way to provide fans with a new—decidedly shorter, entirely orchestral—perspective on the music they love, but also, as he puts it, to “bring some of the magic of this monumental work a mite closer … to a new audience of music-sensitive people.” Whether you know the Ring or not, this will be one massive night.

Listen

Wagner / Lorin Maazel The Ring Without Words (Float Up to the Home of the Gods)


Berliner Philharmoniker; Lorin Maazel, Conductor
Telarc