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.
October 9, 2011
Mariinsky Orchestra
February 23, 2012
Berliner Philharmoniker
March 3, 2012
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