Carnegie Hall Presents

Carnegie Classics

Superb soloists and the finest orchestras come together in a range of fascinating repertoire. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard in an all-Beethoven program; while violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is the soloist in Berg's impassioned Violin Concerto and Norbert Moret's rapturous En rêve, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the New World Symphony in a program that also includes music by Schubert and Debussy. There's also thrilling Russian music performed by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the exciting Vladimir Jurowski.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes

New World Symphony

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Piano

Program

MAGNUS LINDBERG Chorale
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8

Encore:DEBUSSY "Feux d'artifice" from Préludes, Book II
The Times (London) said that the sound of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s fingers “is distinctive. It is searching, penetrating, imaginatively fired.” Those fingers will be put to the test in Rachmaninoff’s spectacular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The composer weaves Paganini’s immortal theme with the traditional Latin Dies Irae into one of the most brilliant sets of variations ever written. Magnus Lindberg’s Chorale reflects on a Bach chorale in a series of highly imaginative variations. Shostakovich’s massive Symphony No. 8, written in 1943 when the Nazis were in retreat, is not a Soviet victory anthem, but a sober meditation streaked with a sense of foreboding.

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

Listen

Schostakovich's Symphony No. 8 (Allegretto)

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London Philharmonic Orchestra | Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Conductor
LPO

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes, Leader and Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

Encores:BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 3
BEETHOVEN German Dance No. 11 in G Major from 12 German Dances
BEETHOVEN German Dance No. 10 in D Major, 12 German Dances
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 owes much to the great Classical tradition, but the solo part’s virtuosity and emotional depth place it in a different realm. This is pure Beethoven, especially in the song-like Largo and the Rondo laced with earthy humor. Beethoven didn’t name his Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” but it seems appropriate for this noble work. Muscular chords vie with an equally insistent orchestra in its opening movement, one of grandest concerto movements ever written.

Listen

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rondo - Allegro)

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Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano | Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Sony

New World Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

New World Symphony
America’s Orchestral Academy
Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director and Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin

Program

SCHUBERT Incidental Music from Rosamunde
BERG Violin Concerto
MORET En rêve (NY Premiere)
DEBUSSY La mer

Encore:BIZET Farandole from L’Arlésienne
An eclectic program that spans Biedermeier Vienna to 20th century Switzerland is performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter, “the undisputed queen of violin playing” (The Times, London), with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the New World Symphony. Mutter is featured in two 20th-century works: Berg’s profoundly moving Violin Concerto and Moret’s rapturous En rêve, a work written for her in 1988. Schubert’s warmly melodic Incidental Music from Rosamunde opens the concert that climaxes with the shimmering orchestral colors of Debussy’s La mer.

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

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Debussy's La mer (Jeux de vagues)

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London Symphony Orchestra | Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
Sony