Performance Friday, April 26, 2013 | 8 PM

New York Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The incomparable Renée Fleming joins the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert for the world premiere of a new work by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg. Also on the program are Respighi’s charming Fontane di Roma and Ravel’s colorful orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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


  • New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor
  • Renée Fleming, Soprano


  • RESPIGHI Fontane di Roma
  • ANDERS HILLBORG The Strand Settings (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic)
  • MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)


  • New York Philharmonic

    Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010, it performed its 15,000th concert-a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world. The orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championing the music of its time, and is renowned around the globe, having appeared in 431 cities in 63 countries-including its October 2009 debut in Vietnam and its February 2008 historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. The Philharmonic's concerts are broadcast on the weekly syndicated radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on, and have been telecast annually on Live From Lincoln Center on US public television since the series's premiere in 1976. The Philharmonic has made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917, with more than 500 currently available. The first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts recorded live, the Philharmonic released the first-ever classical iTunes Pass in 2009-2010; the self-produced recordings continue with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2012-13 Season. The orchestra has built on the long-running Young People's Concerts to develop a wide range of education programs, including the School Partnership Program, which enriches music education in New York City, and Learning Overtures, which fosters international exchange. Alan Gilbert became music director in September 2009, succeeding Lorin Maazel in a distinguished line of 20th-century musical giants that goes back to Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini. Credit Suisse is the New York Philharmonic's exclusive Global Sponsor.

    Alan Gilbert

    Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. The first native New Yorker in the post, he has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, an annual multi-week festival, and CONTACT!, the new-music series; he has sought to make the orchestra a point of civic pride for the city and country.

    In 2012-2013, Mr. Gilbert conducts world premieres, presides over a cycle of Brahms's complete symphonies and concertos, leads the spring European tour, and continues The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record Nielsen's symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The season concludes with Gilbert's Playlist, four programs that showcase themes he has introduced, including the season finale: a theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky ballets with director-designer Doug Fitch and New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns. Last season's highlights included tours of Europe and California, several world premieres, Mahler symphonies, and Philharmonic 360, the Philharmonic and Park Avenue Armory's acclaimed spatial-music program that featured Stockhausen's Gruppen.

    Mr. Gilbert is director of conducting and orchestral studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at The Juilliard School. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. Renée Fleming's recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. His recordings have received top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine. In May 2010, Mr. Gilbert received an honorary doctor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and in December 2011, Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music."


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  • Renée Fleming

    One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media.

    Last summer, Ms. Fleming was heard in the title role of Arabella at the Opéra Bastille. In August, she was the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Munich. At the Metropolitan Opera last fall, she sang Desdemona in Otello, seen around the world on The Met Live in HD. Her 2012-2013 concert calendar has included the gala opening of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season, the inaugural concerts of Christian Thielemann as principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the inaugural gala of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her recital schedule includes Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Vienna, Geneva, Hong Kong, and Beijing. In addition, she concludes her four-concert Perspectives  series at Carnegie Hall next month with Vienna: Window to Modernity.

    Ms. Fleming won her fourth Grammy for Poèmes, a recording that features a collection of 20th-century French masterpieces. In recent years, she has recorded a diverse range of music, from Strauss's Daphne, to the jazz album Haunted Heart, to the film soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings and the theme song for Rise of the Guardians. Her numerous awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon, Eastman, and Juilliard.

    Ms. Fleming is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall and the Board of Sing for Hope. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Visit for more information.


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Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School, and special guest, composer Anders Hillborg.


Respighi's Fontane di Roma, La Fontana di Trevi al meriggio
Berliner Philharmoniker | Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

OTTORINO RESPIGHI  Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome)

Respighi began his career as an orchestral viola player in Russia, where he had the opportunity to study with Rimsky-Korsakov, a renowned master of orchestral color; further study ensued with Max Bruch in Berlin. Success came Respighi's way through his hugely popular tone poem Fountains of Rome,to which he appended as sequels the two vaguely related tone poems Pines of Rome  and Roman Festivals. These three works are not infrequently presented as a Roman Triptych. In her memoirs, Respighi's wife Elsa compared Fountains of Rome to symphonic poems such as those of Richard Strauss.

ANDERS HILLBORG  The Strand Settings

The music of Per Anders Hillborg never lacks a highly incised character, but one never knows what that character is likely to be until after a piece is finished. The responses of critics, nearly all of whom wax enthusiastic when they hear his music, testify to the vividness of his scores. The Strand Settings reveals Hillborg in a more somber pose than we may think typical, a stance that reflects the half-lit imagery of the four Mark Strand poems that lie at its heart.

MODEST MUSSORGSKY  Pictures at an Exhibition

An important strand of 19th-century piano music involved groups of miniatures gathered together into suites. Many of these collections were simply a succession of pieces that were musically unrelated, but in some cases composers went to lengths to integrate their assemblages by recalling musical motifs as the piece progressed. Schumann's Carnaval is a famous example of the genre, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition takes a place in the same tradition, in its case employing a "Promenade" theme to provide continuity among the disparate movements. The suite was inspired by a group of images by Victor Hartman, an architect and designer who, beginning in 1870, became one of Mussorgsky's closest friends.


Program Notes


Renée Fleming Introduces Her 2012-2013 Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series


Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Perspectives: Renée Fleming

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