Daniel Barenboim's performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin mark the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Gregor Witt, Oboe
Matthias Glander, Clarinet
Mathias Baier, Bassoon
Radovan Vlatković, Horn
MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Orchestra, K. 297b
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
At a Glance
Labeled by his contemporaries "the Wagner symphonist," Bruckner actually wrote symphonies that are anything but the Romantic/Wagnerian celebration of self. Instead, they are spiritual quests and homages to God, in whom he fervently believed and whom he sought to glorify in his music. "Each of his symphonies is in reality one gigantic arch that starts on earth in the midst of suffering humanity, sweeps up toward the heavens to the very Throne of Grace, and returns to earth with a message of peace," writes biographer Hans-Hubert Schönzeler.
Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin give us the unprecedented opportunity to experience all nine of these magnificent symphonies over an 11-day span—both the ones we may know well and those we rarely encounter. Tonight, we hear one of Bruckner's greatest masterpieces, the Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, which is, paradoxically, among his least performed. Paired with it is the charming Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K.297b, which may or may not be wholly by Mozart, but is in any case an irresistible showpiece for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn.