Carnegie Hall Presents

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra enjoys a legacy that places it in the ranks of musical royalty. And now this magnificent ensemble has an electrifying new partnership with its dynamic Music Director and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He conducts the orchestra in Mahler’s colossal “Resurrection” Symphony. He also leads a program of Brahms, Haydn, and R. Strauss, and concludes the series with a new work by Nico Muhly, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, and Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Angela Meade, Soprano
Sarah Connolly, Mezzo-Soprano
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Director

Program

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"
Throughout his life, Mahler maintained that he did not compose music to preexisting programs. But after the 1895 premiere of his “Resurrection” Symphony, critics asked him for a program. He reluctantly gave in and, between 1896 and 1901, provided three programs for the work, all of which he later withdrew. While the three descriptions differ, the sung texts of the symphony’s fourth-movement “Urlicht” (Primal Light) and rapturous choral finale are certainly keys to this remarkable work. “The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better … The Philadelphia Orchestra seems to have found its ideal music director,” said The New York Times of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (In ruhig fliessender Bewegung)

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The Philadelphia Orchestra | Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Ondine

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, December 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello

Program

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C Major
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Encore:BACH Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
Haydn’s elegantly lyrical Cello Concerto in C Major casts a fond glance back to the Baroque period. Brahms also looked back to older music by embracing classical forms and revering great composers of the past, including Haydn. His Symphony No. 3 is constructed with the tautness of a Classical-era symphony, but also has a moving autumnal quality. Autumnal sentiments also pervade Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier, a nostalgic tale of love in Vienna in the 18th century. Its opulent scoring, elegant waltzes, and ecstatic love music sing out in an orchestral suite.

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Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite

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The Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
Sony BMG Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

Program

NICO MUHLY Mixed Messages (NY Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s long personal connection with Rachmaninoff includes the premiere of his Third Symphony, music of soulful melody and percussive rhythms. Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto has its roots in the Classical era and its heart in the Romantic. The first movement storms, the finale dances, and the central Largo’s quintessentially Romantic solo writing is sublime. Of soloist Emanuel Ax, The Guardian said his playing is “always marvelously articulate and totally unfussy.”

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

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Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 (Allegro - Allegro vivace)

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The Philadelphia Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
Classical Records