Performance Friday, May 16, 2014 | 8 PM

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The spirited Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of chief conductor Mariss Jansons, returns to Carnegie Hall to perform two works that highlight the destructive power of love: Strauss’s Don Juan, a score chronicling the notorious womanizer and his hedonistic audacity, and Berlioz’s orchestral tour-de-force Symphonie fantastique, a hallucinatory tale of suicide, murder, ecstasy, and despair drawn from an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

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


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor


  • JOHN ADAMS Slonimsky's Earbox
  • R. STRAUSS Don Juan
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

  • Encore:
  • R. STRAUSS Waltz Sequence No. 2 from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Soon after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra developed into an internationally renowned orchestra. Its fame continues to expand through intensive touring activities, including visits to almost every country in Europe, Asia, and South America, as well as the US.

    The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra numbers among the top 10 orchestras of the world, according to rankings by several international music magazines. For many years, it was the only German orchestra with which Leonard Bernstein regularly collaborated.

    The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has an extraordinarily wide ranging repertoire and sound spectrum. This is not only attributed to the great flexibility of the musicians, but also to the orchestra's previous chief conductors-Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelík, Sir Colin Davis, and Lorin Maazel-and many renowned guest conductors, from Carlos Kleiber, Sir Georg Solti, and Carlo Maria Giulini in the past, to Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, and Sir Simon Rattle today.

    Promoting contemporary music has been a long tradition of the orchestra through its appearances in conjunction with the Musica Viva series founded in 1945. These legendary performances have often been conducted by the composers themselves, including Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Peter Eötvös. Early music concerts include collaborations with experts in historical performance practice, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman.

    In October 2003, Mariss Jansons became chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He continues to expand the orchestra's discography, including the recording of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, which won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance in 2006. Since 2009, the orchestra has been releasing CDs and DVDs on Bavarian Broadcasting's own label, BR-Klassik, earning many important national and international prizes.

    Mariss Jansons

    Mariss Jansons ranks among the most outstanding conductors of our time, regularly performing with the world's major orchestras at venues and festivals such as Salzburg, Lucerne, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh. He is not only recognized worldwide for his concerts, touring activities, and television and radio broadcasts, but also for his numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious international prizes, including a Grammy Award in 2006.

    Following an early association with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Jansons was chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (1979-2000) and music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1997-2004). He currently holds the prestigious position of chief conductor at both the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. With both orchestras, he has appeared at all the world's most important musical centers. His touring engagements have taken him to Japan, China, Australia, South America, and the US.

    Mr. Jansons regularly conducts some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras.

    For his outstanding achievements and profound contribution to cultural life, Mariss Jansons was honored with the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis in January 2013, the Medal of Merit of St. Petersburg in March 2013, the German Federal Cross of Merit with Star in October 2013, and the Knight of the Lion of the Netherlands in November 2013.

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R. Strauss's Don Juan
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
EMI Classics

At a Glance

This concert presents three vividly colorful works that mark important milestones in their composers' careers. John Adams's Slonimsky's Earbox, an homage to the raucousness of early Stravinsky, is poised between the minimalism of his early style and the more fluid, varied gestures of his mature work. Strauss's Don Juan, a dramatic but tightly wrought evocation of the legendary lover, launched the composer's career as the master of the Wagnerian tone poem. And Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique—which came half a century before Strauss's tone poem—revolutionized the modern symphony orchestra, providing daring new colors, structures, and content.
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