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Renée Fleming, Soprano
Inon Barnatan, Piano

Monday, October 23, 2017 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Renée Fleming by Timothy White, Inon Barnatan by Marco Borggreve
Vocal luster, magnetic stage presence, and a sense of the sheer love of singing makes every appearance by soprano Renée Fleming an unforgettable evening. Renowned for her “big, beautiful voice” (The New York Times) and uncanny ability to communicate the essence of a song or operatic aria, Fleming is simply an irresistible performer.


Renée Fleming, Soprano
Inon Barnatan, Piano


BRAHMS "Ständchen," Op. 106, No. 1

BRAHMS "Die Mainacht," Op. 43, No. 2

BRAHMS "Mondnacht"

BRAHMS "Da unten im Tale" from 49 Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 6

BRAHMS "Junge Lieder I," Op. 63, No. 5

BRAHMS "Wiegenlied," Op. 49, No. 4

BRAHMS "Vergebliches Ständchen," Op. 84, No. 4

ANDRÉ PREVIN Selections from Ten by Yeats (NY Premiere)
·· "A Song"
·· "When You Are Old"
·· "The Moods"
·· "Brown Penny"
·· "Sweet Dancer"
·· "The Fiddler of Dooney"

ANDRÉ PREVIN "I can smell the sea air" from A Streetcar Named Desire

CAROLINE SHAW "Aurora Borealis" (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

CAROLINE SHAW "Bed of Letters" (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

KORNAUTH Selections from Lieder, Op. 37
·· "Lockung"
·· "Treue"
·· "Nachklänge I"
·· "Waldeinsamkeit"

R. STRAUSS Selections from Ariadne auf Naxos
·· "Ach! Wo war ich? Tot?—Ein Schönes war, hiess Theseus-Ariadne"
·· "Es gibt ein Reich"


R. STRAUSS "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2

WILLSON "Till There Was You" from The Music Man

DVOŘÁK "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka

Event Duration

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

This performance is sponsored by Bank of America, Carnegie Hall's Proud Season Sponsor.

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon in support of the 2017-2018 season.

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

At a Glance

Renée Fleming’s eclectic program travels from the heights of German Romanticism to contemporary American song. And as her repertoire illustrates, musical Romanticism was not just a phenomenon of a few decades in the 19th century. Johannes Brahms represented classical Romanticism at its height, but Richard Strauss showed it was alive and well in a new guise in the early 20th century, and Egon Kornauth that it still survived in Austria in the 1930s. Turning to American vocal music of the present day, the spirit of Romanticism can be found as well in André Previn’s soaring, emotionally rich melodies. Only with the music of Caroline Shaw, a young composer of today and also an active performer in the avant-garde vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, do we experience a creative voice breaking free fully from that long-lived and addictive tradition.


Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of ...

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist ever to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award (her fourth) for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. A groundbreaking distinction came in 2008 when she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

Ms. Fleming's 2017 tour schedule includes concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, Beijing, and Tokyo. In 2018, she will appear on Broadway in a major revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Last season, she appeared as the Marschallin in a new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, reprising the role at the Metropolitan Opera in the spring. In June, she joined with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the US National Institutes of Health to launch a major initiative that explores the positive effects of music and music therapy on health and the brain.

Ms. Fleming's most recent album, Distant Light, was recorded with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and released in January by Decca. Recipient of 14 Grammy nominations to date, she has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock, jazz, and the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. She will soon be heard as the singing voice of Roxane, played by Julianne Moore, in the film based on the best-selling novel Bel Canto.

Among Ms. Fleming's awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, and France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, as well as honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School. For additional information, visit reneefleming.com.

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Inon Barnatan

Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. He was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in  ...

Inon Barnatan is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry. He was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, as well as Lincoln Center's 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. A regular performer with many of the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors, Mr. Barnatan recently completed his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic's inaugural artist-in-association, a position created by Alan Gilbert--the orchestra's former music director--who has described Mr. Barnatan as "the complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary pianist as well." Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Barnatan have since collaborated numerous times, and are in the process of recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which will mark the orchestra's first complete recording of a Beethoven concerto cycle.

A sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Barnatan was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009, and is still a regular performer on CMS programs at home in New York and on tour. His passion for contemporary music has led him to commission and perform numerous works by living composers, including the premieres of works by Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Avner Dorman, Matthias Pintscher, Alasdair Nicolson, and Andrew Norman, among others.

Called "a born Schubertian" by Gramophone, Mr. Barnatan's critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of Schubert's solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which earned a coveted place on The New York Times Best of 2012 list. Mr. Barnatan's 2015 Decca Classics recording of Chopin and Rachmaninoff cello sonatas with Alisa Weilerstein earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest album is a live recording of Messiaen's 90-minute masterpiece Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars), in which he played the exceptionally challenging solo piano part with an ensemble conducted by Mr. Gilbert at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. 

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