Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras II

Music spanning the 17th to 20th centuries is featured in these concerts, each displaying the breathtaking expressive power of renowned orchestras. The Berliner Philharmoniker performs two favorite Schumann symphonies, and the Mariinsky Orchestra returns with music by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The Vienna Philharmonic premiered Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in 1881 and performs that work at Carnegie Hall along with his Symphony No. 4. English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir, undisputed masters of Baroque repertoire, present Monteverdi’s groundbreaking opera L’Orfeo in concert.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-SCHUMANN PROGRAM Symphony No. 1, "Spring"
Symphony No. 2
Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony bubbles with high spirits, from its opening trumpet call heralding spring’s awakening to its rollicking finale. Schumann’s Second Symphony, conceived when the composer’s mental and physical health was failing, was inspired by Bach’s Musical Offering and Schubert’s “Great” C-Major Symphony. The outer movements are heroic, while the second-movement Scherzo is at once fiendishly virtuosic and deliciously bucolic. The third movement—an impassioned, melancholy Adagio with a sweeping melody—is one of Schumann’s most inspired creations.

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Schumann's Symphony No. 1 "Spring" (Scherzo)


Berliner Philharmoniker | Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

Program

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4

Encore:TCHAIKOVSKY Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 19, No. 4
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Music by two 20th-century giants who lived in the shadow of Stalin’s terror is featured. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of his most popular works—an energetic masterpiece laced with biting wit, romantic interludes, and a fiery solo part. Shostakovich’s admiration of Mahler is evident in his massive Symphony No. 4, particularly so in the huge emotional arc of its closing movement. Political circumstances forced Shostakovich to cancel its 1936 premiere and the music was not heard until 1961—long after Stalin’s death.

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Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 (Allegretto, poco moderato - Presto)


Valery Gergiev, conductor | Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor

Program

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Brahms inherited the German symphonic crown from Beethoven and wrote four of the most powerful symphonies of the Romantic era. The gentle Symphony No. 2 charms with its warm melodies and welcoming pastoral quality. Architecturally grand, Brahms’s fourth and final symphony concludes with one of the most breathtaking passages in the symphonic literature: an epic passacaglia that builds to a cataclysmic climax.

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Brahms's Symphony No. 2 (Allegro con spirito)


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Pierre Monteux, Conductor
Hallmark

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Francesca Aspromonte, Soprano
Silvia Frigato, Soprano
Francesca Boncompagni, Mezzo-Soprano
James Hall, Countertenor
John Lattimore, Countertenor
Krystian Adam, Tenor
Nicholas Mulroy, Tenor
Andrew Tortise, Tenor
Gareth Treseder, Tenor
Gianluca Buratto, Bass
David Shipley, Bass

Program

MONTEVERDI L'Orfeo (concert performance)
Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists are undisputed masters of Baroque repertoire, particularly the dramatic and piercingly beautiful music of 17th-century composer Monteverdi. Gardiner and his ensemble perform Monteverdi’s groundbreaking opera L’Orfeo, a masterpiece that recounts the tale of the legendary musician Orpheus’s journey to Hades to reclaim his beloved Eurydice. Five-hundred years after its premiere, Monteverdi’s opera still has the power to move audiences.

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Toccata from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo


English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon