Carnegie Hall Presents

The Three Bs

Bold. Brash. Breathtaking. This series showcases the monumental works of quintessential composers of classical music: Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms. Daniel Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra through two of Beethoven's beloved symphonies, Iván Fischer enlightens Bach's stirring St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins the Staatskapelle Dresden for Brahms's Violin Concerto.

 


West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Staatskapelle Dresden

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 3, 2013 | 2 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano
Piotr Beczala, Tenor
René Pape, Bass
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 9
As one of its members aptly puts it, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is “a human laboratory that can express to the whole world how to cope with each other.” Established in 1999 as a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, the group is celebrated for its interpretations of Beethoven, which exude “youthful gusto and enthusiasm” (The Independent, London). On this program, it performs Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 2 and 9.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Presto)

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Warner Classics

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Iván Fischer, Conductor
Dominique Labelle, Soprano
Barbara Kozelj, Mezzo-Soprano
John Tessier, Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone
Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, Music Director

Program

BACH St. Matthew Passion
Last season at Carnegie Hall, two of New York’s most admired and established performing groups—the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Musica Sacra—teamed up with Iván Fischer for a noteworthy performance of Mozart’s Requiem. This season, they return for a must-hear evening that features Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Listen

Bach's St. Matthew Passion ("Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbroche")

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Munich Bach Orchestra | Karl Richter, Conductor | Munich Bach Choir
Deutsche Grammophon

Staatskapelle Dresden

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann, Principal Conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, Violin

Program

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM
Academic Festival Overture
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 4
Referring to a recent performance by violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote that “she seems to have everything it takes for a major career: thorough musicianship, virtuosity, charisma, and a lovely stage presence.” The young Georgian violinist joins the Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Christian Thielemann for an all-Brahms evening.

Listen

Brahms's Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77 (Allegro non troppo)

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Batiashvili Staatskapelle Dresden Thielemann
Brahms's Symphony No. 4 (Andante moderato) 

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Cleveland Orchestra | George Szell, Conductor
Sony