Be swept up in the excitement and emotionally moved by music that spans Mozart to Mahler in this series. The vibrant colors and gorgeous melodies are most powerful when performed by the world's greatest orchestras and conductors in magnificent Carnegie Hall.
Here’s a rare opportunity to hear the music as Berlioz would have when the piquant winds, warm brass, and crisp strings of a celebrated period-instrument orchestra make his vibrant colors and gorgeous melodies soar even higher. Moving tales inspired by Romantic poetry and classical antiquity are set to music by a quintessentially French Romantic. Berlioz cast the viola as the protagonist in Harold in Italy, a moody and melodic work recalling Byron’s wandering hero, while two legendary queens—Dido and Cleopatra—come to life in impassioned vocal music.
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor Lucile Richardot, Mezzo-Soprano Antoine Tamestit, Viola
Le Corsaire Overture
La mort de Cléopâtre
Selections from Les Troyens, Part II ·· "Chasse Royale et Orage" ·· "Je vais mourir" ·· "Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fière cité"
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—founded by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said—promotes coexistence and intercultural dialogue by bringing young Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs together to make music. For this concert, they tell great musical tales in vibrant orchestral colors and lush melodies. Strauss assigns the cello the role of the beguiled Don in a work that vividly portrays episodes from Cervantes’s famous Don Quixote. Tchaikovsky’s work may not tell a literal story, but fate and doubts figure prominently, and he gives voice to all in a gripping journey from darkness to triumph.
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor Miriam Manasherov, Viola Kian Soltani, Cello
While their approaches differed, Mozart and Brahms both achieved transcendence at the culmination of their symphonic careers. Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 40 in a white-hot flash of inspiration, while Brahms labored over his Symphony No. 4 for more than a year. Both symphonies are brilliantly crafted, Mozart’s buoyed by bustling energy and culminating in a finale Wagner called “exuberant with rapture and audacity,” while Brahms’s grand architecture is built on the foundation of a series of simple opening motifs that ascend to a stunning final movement inspired by a Bach theme.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor
WEBER Overture to Oberon
MOZART Symphony No. 40
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
Weber's Overture to Oberon will be performed side by side with members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Mahler’s final complete symphony is the brilliant culmination of his career. The grand scale, intense emotion, earthy dance, and startling power—the hallmarks of his symphonies—are also present, pointing to an ethereal finale that ascends to the otherworldly. Michael Tilson Thomas and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra—both renowned Mahler interpreters—offer a vision into the eternal.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor