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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
  • ZH Zankel Hall
  • SA/PS Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
  • REW Resnick Education Wing
  • WRH Weill Recital Hall

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, March 2, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Ádám Fischer by Szilvia Csibi
Beethoven’s heroic music frames a Bartók work influenced by Debussy. Bartók’s sensibilities changed after a visit to Paris, absorbing the lushness of French music while also adding accents of folk music. The courageous protagonists of Beethoven’s opera Leonore—later renamed Fidelio—are depicted in a rousing overture that features themes from the opera. His brawny Third Symphony, the “Eroica,” is grandly scaled and boldly opens the door to a new age with its muscular depiction of an unnamed hero.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is also performing March 3, March 5, and March 6.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Ádám Fischer, Conductor


BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
BARTÓK Two Pictures
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Major support for this concert is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.

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Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 

Beethoven was never satisfied with the three overtures he wrote for his opera Leonore—an early version of the opera that would eventually be named Fidelio. The Leonore Overture No. 3 is rousing and features many themes heard in the opera. Its large scale might make it too hefty for a curtain-raiser, but it stands alone brilliantly as a symphonic poem. It’s so powerful that conductors like Mahler, Toscanini, and Bernstein would often use it as a stirring prelude to the opera’s final scene.

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