Performance Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 8 PM

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“That this Munich ensemble will handle works from the core repertory with assurance and finesse is as close to a sure bet as music provides” (The New York Times). These much-admired musicians perform Shostakovich's beloved Symphony No. 5 and are joined by dazzling pianist Mitsuko Uchida for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
  • Mitsuko Uchida, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

  • Encores:
  • BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Interlude from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, Op. 29

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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  • Mitsuko Uchida

    Mitsuko Uchida is a performer who brings deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. She is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, both in concert halls and on recordings. She has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

    Highlights this season include performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with David Zinman. She undertakes a recital tour, with venues including Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Vienna's Musikverein, New York's Carnegie Hall, and Chicago's Symphony Center; as well as a tour of Japan.

    Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her recordings include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concertos, the complete Schubert piano sonatas, Debussy's etudes,   the five Beethoven piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling, and the final five Beethoven piano sonatas. Ms. Uchida's most recent CD releases include a recording of Mozart's K. 488 and K. 491 concertos, a second disc of K. 466 and K. 595, and a third disc of K. 271 and K. 467; all three recordings feature Ms. Uchida directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano. She has also released three acclaimed discs of Schumann's solo piano music.

    Ms. Uchida has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (Andante con moto)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Kurt Sanderling, Conductor | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

At a Glance

This concert pairs two major works from the 19th and 20th centuries that came at pivotal points in their composers' careers. Coming just before the onset of deafness that ended Beethoven's career as a pianist, the Fourth Piano Concerto signaled a new inwardness and formal originality in his output. Each movement is scored differently, each eschews predictable Classical patterns, and each gives the pianist unusual opportunities for melodic expression and depth of feeling.

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony saved his career—and perhaps his life—during the worst period of Stalinist oppression, sparking endless debate over the composer's ideological and political intentions and alleged musical codes. The music itself is eloquent, emotionally varied, and brilliantly orchestrated. Its use of concise motifs in a large design is reminiscent of Beethoven's methods.
Program Notes
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon in support of the 2013-2014 season.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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