Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras I

Every orchestra finds a special connection with certain music, and with these elite ensembles the results are electrifying. The Berliner Philharmoniker performs the music of Schumann, including the original version of his Symphony No. 4. The Czech Philharmonic plays masterpieces from its homeland by Janáček and Dvořák, while the Danish National Symphony imbues the music of Sibelius and Nielsen with Nordic spirit. The Vienna Philharmonic honors its long history with the music of Brahms in a performance of his sublime German Requiem.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Czech Philharmonic

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, October 6, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

Program

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 (original version, 1841)
GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS dark dreams (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Berliner Philharmoniker)
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"
“Every kind of orchestral sound that can tickle and seduce the ear was there,” said The Telegraph of Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. Rattle and the orchestra premiere a new work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and conclude their Schumann symphony cycle with the quintessentially Romantic “Rhenish” (inspired by the Rhine River), and the rarely performed 1841 version of the composer’s Symphony No. 4. This original scoring features lighter orchestral textures and was much admired by Brahms.

Listen

Schumann's Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"  (Lebhaft)

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Berliner Philharmoniker | Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Czech Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, November 16, 2014 | 2 PM

Performers

Czech Philharmonic
Jirí Belohlávek, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

Program

JANÁČEK Taras Bulba
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

Encores:SCHUBERT Waltz in G-flat Major, "Kupelwieser-Walzer" (arr. R. Strauss)
SMETANA Overture from The Bartered Bride
NEDBAL Valse triste
“… Unbounded lyricism and Czech melancholy emerged with the authenticity that only this orchestra can bring,” said The Guardian of the Czech Philharmonic. Conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, the orchestra performs treasures from its homeland by Janáček and Dvořák. Also on the program, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet ignites fireworks in Liszt’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2.

Listen

Janácek's Taras Bulba (Death of Ostap)

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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Jiri Belohlávek, Conductor
Chandos

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Macelaru, Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin

Program

SIBELIUS Valse triste
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable"

Encores:BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
NIELSEN Overture to Masquerade
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto bustles with a restless energy, opening with a hair-raising cadenza that’s a virtuosic high-wire act for the soloist. “Music is life, and like it, inextinguishable,” Nielsen wrote on the score of his “Inextinguishable” Symphony. It’s an intense orchestral journey from despair to victory, featuring a dramatic duel between two sets of timpani in the final section before the triumphant finale.

Listen

Sibelius's Violin Concerto (Allegro moderato)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Staatskapelle Dresden | André Previn, Conductor;
Deutsche Grammophon

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 1, 2015 | 2 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Serene and deeply moving, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem is a sublime fusion of the composer’s mastery of vocal and symphonic music. Set to texts from the Lutheran Bible, A German Requiem offers a message of consolation to the living rather than judgment of the dead. Soprano Diana Damrau and baritone Christian Gerhaher have won critical acclaim for their opera and song performances, making them ideally suited to Brahms’s highly expressive vocal writing.

Listen

Brahms's A German Requiem "Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt"

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Phillips