Three brilliant conductors showcase the seductive harmonies of Debussy, the epic sweep of Mahler, the pure passion of Tchaikovsky, and more. Stellar guest artists complement The MET Orchestra’s “lush, shimmering sound” (The New York Times) in these concerts you don’t want to miss.
The stars align on the Carnegie Hall stage when The MET Orchestra, praised for its “lush, shimmering sound” and “superb” playing (The New York Times) is conducted by a podium giant, Valery Gergiev. Called “eclectic, wizardly, unsurpassable” by The New Criterion, Gergiev brings trademark intensity and precision to an evening of thrilling music.
The MET Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Conductor Daniil Trifonov, Piano
The MET Orchestra’s new music director conducts a fascinating program of French music that spans the 20th to 21st centuries. Debussy used shimmering colors to create an impression of the sea in his groundbreaking La mer, while Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 enthralled audiences with its visceral excitement. No less stirring is his exotic Shéhérazade, a three-song collection inspired by Middle Eastern imagery. Dutilleux’s songs contemplate time and its passing with music that is intricately constructed and painted in vivid colors.
The MET Orchestra Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-Soprano
Mahler's and Bruckner’s deep personal emotions are masterfully expressed with gestures both large and small. Mahler’s Rückert Lieder contemplate love, life, and death with delicate scoring—solo instruments are used sparingly for effect—and subtle vocal writing. Bruckner emotes on a larger scale in a superbly crafted symphony that awes with its sweeping breadth, drama, and soaring lyricism. The work energizes with its robust Scherzo and jubilant finale, but its emotional core is the second-movement Adagio, a breathtaking memorial to his idol, Wagner.
The MET Orchestra Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor Elīna Garanča, Mezzo-Soprano