Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras I

Discover outstanding orchestras that are steeped in tradition, yet continue to challenge the way audiences listen to music today. The Mariinsky, Royal Concertgebouw, and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras have all cultivated classical music for more than two centuries, while the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is forging new pathways to peace with its fearless group of superb Arab and Israeli musicians dedicated to making great music in the face of conflict. 

Cancelled: Mariinsky Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Cancelled: Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

SHCHEDRIN The Little Hunchbacked Horse Suite
·· Introduction
·· Gypsy Dance
·· Duettino of Ivan and Tsar-girl
·· Girls’ round-dance and quadrille
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6
R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
This performance has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Patrons who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive automatic refunds. Those who purchased tickets with cash can return them to the Carnegie Hall Box Office to receive their refund.

Over the last few seasons, the Mariinsky Orchestra has given Carnegie Hall audiences one-of-a-kind Mahler, dramatic Berlioz, and a memorable account of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. On this program, the orchestra and Valery Gergiev perform Strauss’s tone poem about an artist-hero who celebrates triumphs, battles enemies, and woos a gentle lover; and Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, which veers from elegiacally touching to absurdly bitter.

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Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 (Presto)

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Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Chandos

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 5
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with some of the most memorable and awe-inspiring notes in music history. It’s bold music, perfect for this fearless group of young Arab and Israeli musicians dedicated to making great music as a matter of common interest. The sprightly First and the Eighth complete the concert—the first night of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's complete Beethoven symphony cycle.

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (Allegro con brio)

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West Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Warner Classics

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor

Program

R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 (Edition Nowak)
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day to "the world's greatest orchestra,” as crowned by Gramophone magazine. This concert features two remarkable works of late Romanticism, performed by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Strauss’s mercurial musical meditation on death, and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony—a towering work that was the composer’s springboard to international success.

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R. Strauss's Death and Transfiguration



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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Phillips

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, March 1, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Herbert Lippert, Tenor

Program

SUPPÉ Poet and Peasant Overture
R. STRAUSS "Ich liebe dich," Op. 37, No. 2
R. STRAUSS "Liebeshymnus," Op. 32, No. 3
R. STRAUSS "Verführung," Op. 33, No. 1
R. STRAUSS "Winterliebe," Op. 48, No. 5

Encore:R. STRAUSS "Freundliche Vision," Op. 48, No. 1
DVORÁK Symphony No. 7

Encores:DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2
JOSEF STRAUSS "Galoppin": Polka- schnell, Op. 237
Dvořák intended his Seventh Symphony to be a truly moving statement; as he put it, the work “must be capable of stirring the world.” This tragically beautiful work marks the finale of a concert by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst that also includes, as a lighthearted contrast, an operetta overture by Suppé and lieder by Richard Strauss with tenor Herbert Lippert.

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Dvořák's Symphony No. 7 (Scherzo vivace)

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Lorin Maazel, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon