Carnegie Hall Presents

Concertos Plus

Exquisitely crafted piano concertos and strikingly original symphonies make this a thrilling series. Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie seduces with rapturous love music and raucous, ecstatic dances. As part of the historic cycle of Bruckner symphonies, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin stir up an apocalyptic storm and a valediction in the Ninth Symphony. Shostakovich and Beethoven express different aspects of heroism in their “Leningrad” and “Eroica” symphonies, respectively. There’s also Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, a study in classical elegance, and Ravel’s effervescent Piano Concerto in G Major.
October 8, 2016
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
January 29, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
February 28, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
April 3, 2017
Munich Philharmonic

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Cynthia Millar, Ondes Martenot

Program

MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie
The rapturous love music, exotic birdsong, and raucous, ecstatic dances at the heart of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie are unlike anything in music. Turangalîla is a fusion of two Sanskrit words that, according to Messiaen, mean at once “love song," "hymn to joy," "time," "movement," "rhythm," "life," and "death." With classical influences that range from Debussy to Villa Lobos and Indian rhythms serving as inspiration, Messiaen’s musical language is unique. The sumptuous, beautiful music is scored for an array of percussion, the electronic ondes Martenot, brass, winds, and a virtuoso solo piano part.

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MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie


Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor | City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 2 PM

Performers

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director, Conductor, and Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9
The warm lyricism of a Mozart piano concerto sets the stage for the apocalyptic storm and valediction of Bruckner’s final symphony. At the time of his death, Bruckner had completed only three movements of his Ninth Symphony, but what he left is gripping. The opening movement ascends from a musical primordial haze to a sonorous climax, while the second-movement Scherzo is relentless in its power. In the Adagio finale, Bruckner explores new harmonic regions, hitherto unheard before resolving all with a serenely hushed ending.

Daniel Barenboim's performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin mark the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.

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BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo: Bewegt lebhaft)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Baiba Skride, Violin
Harriet Krijgh, Cello
Elsbeth Moser, Bayan

Program

SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Bayan (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
Shostakovich’s colossal “Leningrad” Symphony honors the composer’s native city and its heroism during the 900-day siege it suffered during World War II. While the work does not have a program, visions of war, mechanized invaders, and ultimate victory are conjured with striking power. There’s also the premiere of a new work from legendary Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina that’s part of Carnegie Hall’s ongoing 125 Commissions Project.

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SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad" (Moderato (poco allegretto))


Andris Nelsons, Conductor | City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Munich Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, April 3, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Munich Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

Program

RAVEL La valse
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Encore:
DEBUSSY Etude No. 6, "Pour les huit doigts"
In La valse, Ravel uses splashes of color and implacable rhythms to create a ghostly portrait of a vanished age. While La valse mesmerizes as a mysterious trope on a classic dance, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major simply delights. High spirits rule in an opening movement flecked with jazz references, tenderness softens the second-movement Adagio and its breathlessly beautiful piano solo, and the work culminates in tongue-in-cheek humor and keyboard fireworks. In contrast, Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony is majestic and muscular, a daring new view of the symphony that heralds the dawn of Romanticism.