Performance Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Cancelled: Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This performance has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Patrons who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive automatic refunds. Those who purchased tickets with cash can return them to the Carnegie Hall Box Office to receive their refund.

Over the last few seasons, the Mariinsky Orchestra has given Carnegie Hall audiences one-of-a-kind Mahler, dramatic Berlioz, and a memorable account of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. On this program, the orchestra and Valery Gergiev perform Strauss’s tone poem about an artist-hero who celebrates triumphs, battles enemies, and woos a gentle lover; and Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, which veers from elegiacally touching to absurdly bitter.


  • Mariinsky Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor


  • SHCHEDRIN The Little Hunchbacked Horse Suite
    ·· Introduction
    ·· Gypsy Dance
    ·· Duettino of Ivan and Tsar-girl
    ·· Girls’ round-dance and quadrille
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6
  • R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben


  • Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the orchestra entered its "golden age" in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Nápravník, whose leadership for more than a half-century (1863-1916) secured its reputation as one of the finest in Europe.

    Numerous internationally famed musicians have conducted the orchestra, among them Hans von Bülow, Felix Mottl, Felix Weingartner, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Otto Nikisch, Willem Mengelberg, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, and Arnold Schoenberg.

    Renamed the Kirov during the Soviet era, the orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov. The leadership of Valery Gergiev has enabled the Mariinsky Theatre to forge important relationships for the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera to appear in the world's greatest opera houses and theaters, among them the Metropolitan Opera; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; San Francisco Opera; Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the Salzburg Festival; and La Scala in Milan.

    The success of the orchestra's frequent tours has created the reputation of what one journalist referred to as "the world's first global orchestra."   Since its US debut in 1992, the orchestra has made 15 tours of North America, including a 2006 celebration of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, a cycle of Prokofiev's stage works in 2008, major works of Hector Berlioz in February and March 2010, and a centennial Mahler cycle at Carnegie Hall in October 2010. The following year, the Mariinsky Orchestra opened Carnegie Hall's 2011-2012 season with a cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies, which the ensemble also performed on tour throughout the US and in Canada.

    Maestro Gergiev established the Mariinsky Label in 2009 and has since released more than 15 CDs, including Shostakovich's piano concertos nos. 1 and 2; symphonies nos. 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 15; and The Nose. The orchestra has also recorded Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture; Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer and Piano Concerto No. 5; Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Les noces; Wagner's Parsifal; and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; as well as DVDs/Blu-rays of Tchaikovsky's symphonies nos. 4, 5, and 6 and George Balanchine's ballet Jewels. Releases for 2012 include Massenet's Don Quichotte.

    Valery Gergiev 

    A prominent figure in all the world's major concert halls, Mr. Gergiev is the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, and since 1988 has taken the Mariinsky ballet, opera, and orchestra ensembles to more than 45 countries, garnishing universal acclaim. The Mariinsky Concert Hall opened in 2006, and the new Mariinsky Theatre is scheduled to open in 2013, alongside the classic Mariinsky Theatre. 

    Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Gergiev performs with the LSO at the Barbican Centre, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Festival, as well as on extensive tours of Europe, North America, and Asia. He is also founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, Moscow Easter Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, Mikkeli Music Festival, and Red Sea Classical Music Festival in Eilat, Israel.

    His record releases with the Mariinsky and London Symphony orchestras continually win awards in Europe, Asia, and America. Recent releases include a Mahler symphonic cycle, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Massenet's Don Quichotte, Rodion Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer, and Wagner's Parsifal to name but a few.

    Mr. Gergiev has led numerous concert cycles in New York, London, and other international cities focused on the works of single composers, including Berlioz, Brahms, Dutilleux, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner, and he has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.

    Mr. Gergiev's many awards include the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Netherlands' Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, and the French Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.

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Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 (Presto)
Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

At a Glance

This concert presents three colorful and unusual works for orchestra. The first half pairs a Russian ballet suite by the greatest living artistic successor of Shostakovich with a daringly original symphony by Shostakovich himself. The concluding work is Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, a stunning piece of orchestral trailblazing that pioneered many large-scale symphonic effects we now take for granted.
Program Notes