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.
Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 is an elegant work with an abundance of beautiful melodies that also shows a fascination with all things Turkish, including a section where cellos and basses slap the wooden side of their bows on the strings to create an exotic percussive sound. Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 has its own share of melodic splendor, particularly in the fourth-movement Adagietto—the gorgeous love letter he wrote to his wife, featuring strings and harp. The symphony is also dramatic with a powerful opening Funeral March and roof-raising jubilant finale.
The MET Orchestra Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor James Ehnes, Violin
Michael Tilson Thomas makes his MET Orchestra debut conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a dazzling Mozart motet, and a work by Ruggles—a composer, like Mahler, for whom Tilson Thomas has a special affinity. Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate is wonderfully exuberant and culminates in spectacular coloratura fireworks that are ideally suited to the “silky, flexible sound” (The New York Times) of soprano Pretty Yende. She also sings the child’s praise of heavenly joys in the finale of Mahler’s symphony, a work that glows with a sense of wonder and magic.
The MET Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor Pretty Yende, Soprano