Carnegie Hall Presents

Weekend Sampler A

Make big weekend plans. With two large-scale choral works—Bach’s epic St. John Passion and Honegger’s spectacular and beautiful depiction of Joan of Arc’s final moments—and Schubert’s “Great” Symphony, this series is monumental.
October 29, 2011
Budapest Festival Orchestra
November 19, 2011
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2012
Les Violons du Roy

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 8 PM


Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
András Schiff, Piano


BARTÓK Hungarian Peasant Songs
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, "Great"

BARTÓK Dance of the Urog Swinherds from Hungarian Sketches
András Schiff completes the cycle of Bartók’s three piano concertos that he began two nights before. These two concerts are a sort of reunion: Schiff was born in Budapest and attended school there with conductor Iván Fischer, and in 1997 they recorded Bartók’s concertos together. Those performances were widely acclaimed, and you can hear them together again with the Budapest Festival Orchestra here at Carnegie Hall.


Bartók Piano Concerto No2, Sz 95 (Allegro molto)

Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, Conductor; András Schiff, Piano 
Warner Classics International
Schubert's Symphony No. 9, Andante Allegro ma non troppo

Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, Music Director and Conductor
Channel Classics

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, November 19, 2011 | 8 PM


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
James Robinson, Stage Director
Caroline Dhavernas, Speaker (Joan of Arc)
Ronald Guttman, Speaker (Brother Dominic)
Tamara Wilson, Soprano
Hae Ji Chang, Soprano
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Timothy Fallon, Tenor
Morris Robinson, Bass
Cynthia Millar, Ondes Martenot
Concert Artists of Baltimore
The Peabody-Hopkins Chorus
Edward Polochick, Director
Morgan State University Choir
Eric Conway, Director
Peabody Children's Chorus
Doreen Falby, Director


HONEGGER Joan of Arc at the Stake
Pre-concert talk starts at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland, The Juilliard School.

Marin Alsop
and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform one of the most celebrated pieces by a composer who earned fame in Paris after World War I, and whose visage today adorns the Swiss 20-franc note. (As the child of Swiss parents and a graduate of the Zurich Conservatory, Honegger is something of a favorite son in the country.) With music that ranges from the darkly humorous to the achingly poignant, this dramatic oratorio—performed here in its original French—depicts Joan of Arc’s trial and execution.


Honegger Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Les voix de la terre)

Orchestre National de France; Seiji Ozawa, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Les Violons du Roy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 2 PM


Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Neal Davies, Bass-Baritone
Karina Gauvin, Soprano
Damien Guillon, Countertenor
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone


BACH St. John Passion, BWV 245
When Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec settled into Carnegie Hall from la belle province to perform the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December 2009, James Oestreich of The New York Times praised their performances as “endlessly satisfying” and declared their version of Handel’s masterwork to be “the best I’ve heard in years.” They’re back this season with a host of soloists, this time performing Bach’s St. John Passion.


Bach St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.9 Aria, "Ich folge dir gleichfalls"

English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor; Ruth Holton, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon