The colorful tone poems of Respighi, two Prokofiev piano
concertos, and a beautiful opera-in-concert are some of the masterpieces you’ll
hear in this series. The greatest orchestras from Vienna, Rome, St. Petersburg,
and Munich are featured.
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
The rarely performed Sinfonia that Verdi wrote for the La Scala premiere of Aida is a full-fledged overture that reflects themes from the opera, while Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome are spectacularly orchestrated tone poems that evoke the beauty of the Eternal City. To add to the festivities, Martha Argerich returns to Carnegie Hall after a nine-year absence to play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3—one of her specialties.
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director and Conductor Martha Argerich, Piano
VERDI Sinfonia from Aida
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
RAVEL "Laideronnette: Impératrice des Pagodes" from Ma mère l'oye (Piano Four Hands, Martha Argerich and Sir Antonio Pappano)
Sumptuous orchestration, pianistic pyrotechnics, and acerbic wit highlight an evening of Russian music that spans the Imperial and Soviet eras. Scriabin’s obsession with mysticism and sensory stimulation form the core of his lushly scored Symphony No. 3, “The Divine Poem.” Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 offers its share of dazzling orchestration and a taxing role for the pianist. Soviet authorities expected grandiose display in the tradition of other famous ninth symphonies, but Shostakovich instead juxtaposed the tragic and comic, including a breathlessly giddy finale, in his post-war work.
Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor Denis Matsuev, Piano
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2
SCRIABIN Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem"
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 2
PROKOFIEV Precipitato from Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
Lyrical, dramatic, and light-hearted aspects of Brahms’s music are showcased by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His famous Academic Festival Overture playfully quotes student songs before culminating in the jubilant “Gaudemus igitur.” In warmly melodic music, Brahms shows reverence for past masters and classical forms in his Variations on a Theme by Haydn, while the heroic tone and grand scale of his Symphony No. 1 establish him as a great German symphonic master.
Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, set during the reign of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, is a bittersweet tale of love lost and found. Sweeping waltzes, unsurpassed ensembles—especially the gorgeous final trio—and stunning orchestration bring Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s witty libretto to life. Rhapsodic, comic, and deeply moving, Der Rosenkavalier is Strauss’s crowning operatic achievement.
Bayerische Staatsoper Kirill Petrenko, Music Director and Conductor Adrianne Pieczonka, Feldmarschallin Angela Brower, Octavian Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Sophie Peter Rose, Baron Ochs Markus Eiche, Faninal Lawrence Brownlee, Italian Singer Choir of the Bayerische Staatsoper Sören Eckhoff, Chorus Master Bayerisches Staatsorchester