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 Orchestra tackles gloriously expressive works by Rachmaninoff, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic—Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble—unleashes the full power of Russian masterworks, the Vienna Philharmonic charts a course through seminal symphonic works by fellow countrymen Schubert and Mahler, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony interprets works by Strauss and Berlioz. 

Mariinsky Orchestra

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Denis Matsuev, Piano

Program

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Encores:RACHMANINOFF Etude-tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 2
DENIS MATSUEV Improvisation
WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Rachmaninoff was widely considered to be as fine a pianist as he was a composer, expanding the expressive possibilities of the instrument in music that require formidable technique. Acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev joins the Mariinsky Orchestra to tackle one of these works—the rapturous Third Piano Concerto, notorious among performers for its technical and musical demands. Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the orchestra also performs Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a glorious fusion of fatalism with rhythmic vivacity and lush melodies tinged with nostalgia for the composer’s native Russia.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Julia Fischer, Violin

Program

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

Encores:HINDEMITH Finale from Solo Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 11, No. 6
ELGAR Salut d'amour, Op. 12
STRAVINSKY "Vivo" from Pulcinella Suite
There’s something particularly exhilarating about seeing a legendary Russian orchestra unleash the full power and passion of the great Russian masterworks. The works featured on this program by fellow countrymen Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff are at the core of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s identity, flowing through their veins like lifeblood, with their gripping interpretations captivating audiences worldwide.

Listen

Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 (Allegro molto)


St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra | Yuri Temirkanov, Conductor
RCA

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Juliane Banse, Soprano

Program

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
MAHLER Symphony No. 4
There are few ensembles that perform defining interpretations of the central orchestral repertoire as exquisitely as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. That sentiment is on full display in this program of classic works by Viennese composers, featuring Schubert’s tragic and consuling “Unfinished” Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a gorgeous cornucopia of musical influences that includes folk tunes, children’s songs, café music, art songs, and even Viennese waltzes.

Please note that conductor Daniele Gatti has had to withdraw from this performance due to acute inflammation of the tendons in both shoulders.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 (Sehr behaglich)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, May 16, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor

Program

JOHN ADAMS Slonimsky's Earbox
R. STRAUSS Don Juan
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Encore:R. STRAUSS Waltz Sequence No. 2 from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
The spirited Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of chief conductor Mariss Jansons, returns to Carnegie Hall to perform two works that highlight the destructive power of love: Strauss’s Don Juan, a score chronicling the notorious womanizer and his hedonistic audacity, and Berlioz’s orchestral tour-de-force Symphonie fantastique, a hallucinatory tale of suicide, murder, ecstasy, and despair drawn from an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

R. Strauss's Don Juan


Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
EMI Classics