Daniel Barenboim—one of the great Bruckner conductors of our time—returns to Carnegie Hall after a four-year absence to lead the legendary Staatskapelle Berlin in the numbered symphonies of the revered Austrian master, marking the first Bruckner cycle in US history. Barenboim also conducts the orchestra in two of Mozart’s sinfonia concertantes, and displays vitality, versatility, and virtuosity when he leads the orchestra from the piano in several of the composer’s concertos.
These concerts mark the 60th anniversary of Daniel Barenboim’s Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.
Thursday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanExcitement and high drama—stormy surges, raw energy, and dazzling counterpoint—are all hallmarks of Bruckner that point to his symphonic masterpieces to come.
Friday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanBold and assured, magnificently lyrical, and driven by rhythmic innovations never before heard in a symphony, this work establishes Bruckner’s fully formed symphonic identity.
Saturday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanBruckner’s Third has striking contrasts between tragedy and comedy on a grand scale, with influences of Wagner—who accepted Bruckner’s dedication of the symphony—Beethoven, and Schubert.
Monday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanMedieval knights, the splendor of nature, a rousing hunt, and a radiant apotheosis—this is Bruckner’s quintessentially “Romantic” vision.
Tuesday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanA Gothic cathedral in music, it has colossal blocks of sound, organ-like sonorities, fugue writing to rival Bach’s, and climactic brass chorales that rattle the rafters, yet lift the soul.
Wednesday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanModestly scaled but lush in sound, this enigmatic work includes affecting, plangent cries in the slow movement tempered by pastoral episodes. It’s a symphony Mahler could embrace—and did—conducting its first complete performance.
Friday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanSoaring lyricism and rustic humor—including a rooster’s crow imitated in the scherzo—the Seventh includes a slow movement inspired by Wagner’s death that is one of music’s most breathtaking memorials.
Saturday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanMonumental, this is a symphony more complex than anything heard before. A slow movement that somehow touches the beyond gives way to triumphant waves of surging, rousing brass and thundering timpani.
Sunday at 2 PM | Stern/PerelmanBruckner confronts mortality. Challenging 19th-century harmonies, he views the apocalypse before an unusually quiet benediction ends the work left uncompleted at the time of his death.
“Buoyancy and sparkle” (Gramophone)—along with a keen sense of the music’s passion and beauty—are qualities that define Daniel Barenboim’s performances of works by Mozart. He conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin in two of the master’s sinfonia concertantes, and also leads the orchestra from the piano in several of the composer’s concertos.
January 19: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595January 20: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466January 21: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491January 23: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K. 537, “Coronation”January 24: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Orchestra, K. 297bJanuary 25: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482January 27: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364January 29: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Brass musicians from Staatskapelle Berlin discuss playing Bruckner's symphonies with Daniel Barenboim, Brad and Doug Balliett break down Bruckner in ways you’ve never heard, and Bruckner provides the perfect soundtracks to New York City moments. Check out all of our Bruckner Symphony Cycle videos below.
Carnegie Hall presents a complete cycle of Anton Bruckner’s nine numbered symphonies in a single season, performed by the Staatskapelle Berlin and Music Director Daniel Barenboim.
Brass musicians from Staatskapelle Berlin discuss Anton Bruckner and Daniel Barenboim
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