Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras III

Four magnificent orchestras are featured in thrilling performances of Russian showstoppers, emotionally charged German Romantic symphonies, and an early Baroque masterpiece. The Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle captures the color and lyricism of Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, while Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra bring true Russian soul to music of Shchedrin, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. The Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Daniele Gatti, mines emotional power and melodic beauty in two symphonies by Brahms. And finally, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir in Monteverdi’s brilliant Vespro della Beate Vergine.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

Program

RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances
STRAVINSKY The Firebird (complete)

Encore:PUCCINI Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances is his last major work, a dazzling three-movement orchestral showpiece bursting with color and intense lyricism that weaves threads of Russian Orthodox chant with the harrowing Dies Irae, resulting in a vibrant finale. Stravinsky’s Firebird, the first of the great ballets he wrote for Sergei Diaghilev, is cinematic in its vivid depiction of monsters and infernal dances, and concludes with one of the most thrilling endings in all of music.

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Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances (Lento assai)

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Berliner Philharmoniker | Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Warner

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

SHCHEDRIN Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, "Naughty Limericks"
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

Encores:RACHMANINOFF Etude-tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 2
SCRIABIN Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12
TCHAIKOVSKY Adagio from "Grand Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker
A powerful wartime symphony is the centerpiece of this program of Russian music from the imperial and Soviet eras. Prokofiev wrote his Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 1944 when Soviet victory was imminent and called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit.” While not as well-known as his first, Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto has much of the same singing lyricism and virtuosity as its popular predecessor. Dazzlingly orchestrated and bubbling with wit, Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, "Naughty Limericks," is a boisterous curtain raiser.

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

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Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 (III. Allegro con fuoco)

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Denis Matsuev, Piano | Mariinsky Orchestra

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor

Program

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Encore:MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
From its intense opening measures to the finale’s noble chorale-like theme, Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 established him as heir to Beethoven’s great symphonic tradition. The Symphony No. 3 is the shortest of the composer’s four symphonies. A tightly constructed and beautifully orchestrated work, its brevity belies its emotional power and melodic beauty. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys a long and glorious association with the symphonies of Brahms, having premiered his symphonies nos. 2 and 3.

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Brahms's Symphony No. 1 (Un Poco Sostenuto - Allegro)

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra | Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
MusiKazoo

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Francesca Aspromonte, Soprano
Francesca Boncompagni, Soprano
Mariana Flores, Soprano
Krystian Adam, Tenor
Nicholas Mulroy, Tenor
Andrew Tortise, Tenor
Alex Ashworth, Baritone
Robert Davies, Baritone
Gianluca Buratto, Bass

Program

MONTEVERDI Vespro della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine is a sacred work that draws upon a variety of secular early Baroque vocal styles. The music is quietly contemplative and joyously ecstatic, bringing an operatic sensibility for the first time to sacred music. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, are renowned for their groundbreaking performances and recordings of this much-loved work.

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'Nissi Dominus' from Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine

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English Baroque Solists | John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon