• Monday, Jan 9, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Presents the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle for Three Concerts on February 23-25

    Highlights Include U.S. Premiere of a Newly Revised Complete Edition of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 and Performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with Soprano Camilla Tilling and Mezzo-Soprano Bernarda Fink
    Music Director Sir Simon Rattle leads the Berliner Philharmoniker in three concerts at Carnegie Hall beginning Thursday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with a robust program of late-Romantic era works: Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Dvorák’s The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

    The following evening, on Friday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Rattle conducts the U.S. premiere of a newly revised completed performance edition of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca. Left incomplete upon Bruckner’s death in 1896, his Ninth Symphony is a grand and deeply spiritual work filled with triumphant brass chorales and poignant lyricism. Preceding the February 24 performance, Columbia University Professor of Music Walter Frisch will present a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    The series concludes on Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. with the orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, first premiered in 1894 by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of the composer. The orchestra and conductor Simon Rattle remain among the world’s most respected interpreters of Mahler’s music. This performance features soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the direction of Joe Miller. Also on the program are works by Hugo Wolf. This concert will be broadcast live on WQXR (105.9 FM) and streamed on wqxr.org as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It is also broadcast on radio stations across the country, courtesy of American Public Media.

    While in New York, from February 23–24, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s woodwind and brass sections lead two days of master classes focusing on standard orchestral repertoire as part of the Weill Music Institute’s series of Professional Training Workshops for young musicians.

    Artist Information
    Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a regular guest conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker for 15 years, Simon Rattle became its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director in September 2002. As well as fulfilling a concert schedule in Berlin, the partnership tours extensively, and has garnered many awards for its recordings and pioneering educational work. An exclusive EMI artist for many years, Rattle has made over 70 recordings for the label, and has received numerous prestigious international awards. His most recent releases are Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (recipient of the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance), Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Ravel: L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and Brahms: The Symphonies. Sir Simon Rattle was knighted in 1994 by the Queen of England, and he has received many other distinctions in recognition of his artistic activities. He and the Berliner Philharmoniker were appointed International UNICEF Ambassadors, the first time this honor has been conferred on an artistic ensemble. The formal appointment took place in November 2007 in New York before the performance of the dance project, The Rite of Spring, at the United Palace Theater in Harlem, which was a highlight of Carnegie Hall's Berlin in Lights festival.

    Over the past decade, soprano Camilla Tilling’s operatic career has flourished with major engagements on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of Europe’s most sought-after concert performers, Ms. Tilling has collaborated with many of the most distinguished conductors and counts Haydn’s The Creation with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen; Grieg’s Peer Gynt with l’Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur; Mozart’s C Minor Mass with L’Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi; Brahms’s Requiem in Salzburg under Ivor Bolton, in Cologne with Semyon Bychkov, and in Berlin with Marek Janowski; and Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Berlin and at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Sir Simon Rattle as a few of her recent concert highlights.

    Born in Argentina to Slovenian parents, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink’s repertoire ranges from ancient to 20th-century music. She frequently appears with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London and Czech Philharmonics, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and various Baroque orchestras, under such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Franz Welser-Möst. Ms. Fink’s award-winning discography includes almost 50 releases, including Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Scarlatti’s Griselda with René Jacobs, and the Mozart and Verdi requiems under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Ms. Fink enjoys a close collaboration with the Harmonia Mundi label, and her solo recordings for that label include Schubert lieder with pianist Gerold Huber, Bach cantatas with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Schumann lieder with Anthony Spiri. In February 2006, Ms. Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science by the Austrian Chancellor.

    Program Information

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    ANTONÍN DVORÁK The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109
    ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
    EDWARD ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

    The Carnegie Hall presentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker are made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.


    Friday, February 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor

    ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (completed performance edition by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (rev. 2011))

    Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    The Carnegie Hall presentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker are made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.


    Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Camilla Tilling, Soprano
    Bernarda Fink, Mezzo-Soprano
    Westminster Symphonic Choir
    Joe Miller, Conductor

    HUGO WOLF "Elfenlied"
    HUGO WOLF "Der Feuerreiter"
    HUGO WOLF "Frühlingschor" from Manuel Venegas
    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"

    The Carnegie Hall presentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker are made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

    The Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is sponsored by Duff & Phelps.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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