Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras III

Survey the musical landscapes of symphonic masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, and Shostakovich in this stellar series of beloved works from the orchestral repertoire.The rich music-making of the esteemed orchestras is also complemented by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Denis Matsuev, who join the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras, respectively, in performances of signal piano concertos by prolific masters.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 11, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8

Encores:LIADOV A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32
GRIEG "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt
Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra need no introduction to Carnegie Hall audiences, who have been captivated by their previous energetic performances. Hailed for demonstrating a “powerfully intuitive connection to these works and a keen ear for the intricacies of Shostakovich's musical voice,” the fiery conductor’s performances of this music are “blazing, beautiful, ferocious, poignant, pushed to the hilt—sometimes all at once” (The New York Times).

Listen

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 (Allegretto)


Kirov Orchestra | Valery Gergiev, Conductor
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
Ricarda Merbeth, Soprano
Zoryana Kushpler, Mezzo-Soprano
Peter Seiffert, Tenor
Günther Groissböck, Bass
New York Choral Artists
Joseph Flummerfelt, Chorus Director

Program

SCHOENBERG Friede auf Erden
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
In what will likely be one of the most spirited and joyous performances of the season, Schoenberg’s ethereal hymn for eternal peace Friede auf Erden opens a program that also includes life-affirming music in celebration of hope and the human spirit: Beethoven’s monumental Ninth and its celebrated "Ode to Joy."

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 2 PM

Performers

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin

Program

LIGETI Atmosphères
BERG Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Encore:LIGETI Concert Românesc
The “formidable technique and dynamism” (The New York Times) of podium personality Mariss Jansons is on full display in this concert of orchestral works that run the emotional gamut. Jansons leads his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’s pastoral Second symphony and Ligeti’s Atmosphères, evoking a sense of timelessness in a web of dense sound textures and tonality. The orchestra is also joined by Gil Shaham for Berg’s Violin Concerto, which combines tonal style with 12-tone technique to examine life, death, and transfiguration.

Listen

Brahms's Symphony No. 2 (Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino))


Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Maris Jansons, Conductor
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