Performance Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 8 PM

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“A prodigious performer in action, increasingly willing to plumb music’s soul,” is how the Los Angeles Times described pianist Yefim Bronfman. His virtuosity, intellectual acumen, and emotional commitment are perfectly suited to Beethoven’s ground-breaking Piano Concerto No. 3. Ties to the Classical concerto of Mozart are severed in this work that storms, sighs, and eventually smiles, prefiguring the great Romantic concertos.


  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    Zubin Mehta, Music Director and Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano


  • AMIT POZNANSKY Footnote Suite (NY Premiere)
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

At a Glance

This concert features Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, a stunning piece of orchestral technology that pioneered many large-scale symphonic effects that we now take for granted. The huge orchestra—which includes five trumpets, eight horns, and dozens of strings—is a key part of the work’s ambition. Strauss meant the “hero” in this grandiose tone poem’s title to be himself, and the piece represents a culmination of his aesthetic, quoting some 30 themes from earlier works while introducing new ones. The most dramatic section is “The Hero’s Battlefield,” which develops all the previous themes in blazing counterpoint.

Also on this evening’s program is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, a work grounded in 18th-century Classical form yet full of novel ideas and structures. Like Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, the concerto is also an ambitious, confident work, much larger in scale than Beethoven’s previous piano concertos. The chaotic history of its composition and premiere performance reveals a culture of improvisation radically different from today’s classical music scene.

At the start of the program, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gives the New York premiere of Israeli composer Amit Poznansky’s Footnote Suite, comprising several of the musical themes from the score to the 2011 film.
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Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
This performance is part of Carnegie Classics.