concertos and rousing symphonies are thrilling, but when performed by superstar
soloists and stellar orchestras from the US and abroad in historic Carnegie
Hall, the experience is unparalleled.
Please note that due to an inflammation in his left arm, pianist Lang Lang has regrettably withdrawn from his performance. Haochen Zhang has agreed to perform in his place. The program remains unchanged.
One of China’s great orchestras makes its Carnegie Hall debut in a program that features a work by Qigang Chen (music director of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing) along with Sibelius’s heroic Symphony No. 2. Haochen Zhang—gold medal–winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—is the soloist in the legendary Yellow River Concerto, a work beloved for its blend of Chinese themes, colorful Western orchestral writing, and devilishly challenging solo part.
China NCPA Orchestra Lü Jia, Music Director and Conductor Haochen Zhang, Piano
QIGANG CHEN Luan Tan (US Premiere)
XIAN XINGHAI Yellow River Concerto (arr. Yin Chengzong, Sheng Lihong, Chu Wanghua, and Liu Zhuang)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
CHOPIN Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. posth.
YUANKAI BAO "Bamboo Flute Tune" from Chinese Sights and Sounds
“It’s one of astonishing power and beauty,” said The New York Times of violinist Janine Jansen’s “full-bodied, polished-wood sound.” She is the soloist in one of the Romantic era’s great works: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. It is certainly a showpiece for the soloist, but the concerto is also a work of tremendous lyricism and emotional weight. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the great Mahler orchestras, performing the composer’s Symphony No. 1 at Carnegie Hall—a work that delights with its sounds of nature and lilt of folk song, while uplifting the spirit with its sublime climax.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor Janine Jansen, Violin
Music inspired by exotic locations and an unconventional concerto are featured in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut Carnegie Hall concert. Philip Glass’s Days and Nights in Rocinha is an evocative tribute to the largest favela in Brazil, while La noche de los Mayas—a suite drawn from a score Revueltas composed to a film that is now lost—is inspired by Mayan culture, culminating in a blaze of pulsing rhythms and wild percussion. There are more fireworks in Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, a thrilling showcase requiring Olympian virtuosity from the two soloists who play nine timpani between them.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director and Principal Conductor Jim Atwood, Timpani Paul Yancich, Timpani
REVUELTAS La noche de los Mayas
PHILIP GLASS Days and Nights in Rocinha
PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
The Guardian has cited Daniil Trifonov’s virtuosity, calling it “elegant and purposeful, [with] every trick deployed to summon new colors, rather than as an end itself.” Trifonov and the Kremerata Baltica showcase Chopin’s complete music for piano and orchestra in this concert. From the sheer brio of the Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart's Don Giovanni—which inspired Schumann to comment, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!”—to the poetry of the Piano Concerto No. 1, Chopin’s mastery has no better advocate than Trifonov.
Daniil Trifonov, Piano Kremerata Baltica
with Gidon Kremer, Violin Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, Cello
Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (arr. Andrei Pushkarev)
Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8
Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (arr. Victor Kissine)