Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras II

The colorful, evocative music that has had a profound effect on visually based art forms is on full display in this series. The Mariinsky Orchestra delves into expressive works by Stravinsky that have inspired ballet choreographers, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s dramatically blazing Fifth Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic interprets Richard Strauss’s rich orchestral tapestries, and the Vienna State Opera brings a massive complement of musicians out of the orchestra pit for a concert performance of one of the most ingenious scores in opera: Strauss’s Salome.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

Program

STRAVINSKY The Firebird (complete)
STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka (1911 version)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Encore:VERDI Overture to La forza del destino
Commissioned by impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by his Ballets Russes, the ballet scores featured on this program by musical revolutionary Igor Stravinsky all draw from traditional Russian folk motifs, yet exhibit considerable stylistic development from the composer—from the lush musical sorcery found in The Firebird, to the exhilarating musical depiction of physical gestures in Pétrouchka, and the violent musical primitivism found in The Rite of Spring.

Listen

Stravinsky's The Firebird ("Lullaby of the Firebird")

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Kirov Orchestra | Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Phillips

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss's Salome (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Conductor
Gun-Brit Barkmin, Soprano (Salome)
Tomasz Konieczny, Bass-Baritone (Jochanaan)
Gerhard A. Siegel, Tenor (Herodes)
Jane Henschel, Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias)
Carlos Osuna, Tenor (Narraboth)
Ulrike Helzel, Mezzo-Soprano (Page)
Norbert Ernst, Tenor (First Jew)
Michael Roider, Tenor (Second Jew)
James Kryshak, Tenor (Third Jew)
Thomas Ebenstein, Tenor (Fourth Jew)
Walter Fink, Bass (Fifth Jew)
Adam Plachetka, Bass-Baritone (First Nazarene)
Marcus Pelz, Bass (Second Nazarene)
Dan Paul Dumitrescu, Bass (First Soldier)
Il Hong, Bass (Second Soldier)
Jens Musger, Bass (A Cappadocian)
Gerhard Reiterer, Tenor (A Slave)

Program

R. STRAUSS Salome (concert performance)
With its erotic and revenge-filled plot inspired by the biblical tale of John the Baptist, Strauss’s masterpiece shocked audiences when it was first performed in 1905. Today, the work is a well-established part of the operatic repertoire with the tour-de-force title role requiring the stamina and power of a true dramatic soprano, plus the agility and gracefulness of a prima ballerina to execute the famous “Dance of the Seven Veils” when performed in opera houses. This demanding role is sung by Gun-Brit Barkmin in this marvelous concert version.

Please note that bass-baritone Falk Struckmann has withdrawn from this performance of Salome due to illness. Tomasz Konieczny has graciously agreed to perform the role of Jochanaan in his place.

Listen

R. Strauss's Salome ("Dance of the Seven Veils")

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Vienna State Opera | Karl Böhm, Conductor
Opera d'Oro

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Fabio Luisi, Conductor
Karita Mattila, Soprano

Program

ALL-R. STRAUSS PROGRAM
Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Four Last Songs
Ein Heldenleben
Karita Mattila, a soprano who can “spin a Straussian melodic line with sumptuous lyricism” (The New York Times), joins Fabio Luisi and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra to delve into some of the most meltingly romantic music Richard Strauss ever wrote, the Four Last Songs. Also on the program are the composer’s heroic tone poem Ein Heldenleben and his orchestral suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

Please note that Lorin Maazel is unable to conduct this evening’s concert due to illness. Carnegie Hall and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra are immensely grateful to Fabio Luisi for agreeing to conduct in his place. Mr. Luisi is currently leading rehearsals of La Cenerentola in New York City and appears at Carnegie Hall courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

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R. Strauss's Four Last Songs ("Frühling")

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Berliner Philharmoniker | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Karita Mattila, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

Encores:BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
SHOSTAKOVICH Interlude from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, Op. 29
“That this Munich ensemble will handle works from the core repertory with assurance and finesse is as close to a sure bet as music provides” (The New York Times). These much-admired musicians perform Shostakovich's beloved Symphony No. 5 and are joined by dazzling pianist Mitsuko Uchida for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (Andante con moto)

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Kurt Sanderling, Conductor | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Decca