Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras I

Whirling dances, symphonic showpieces, and a dramatic Baroque oratorio are performed by the world’s elite orchestras. Ravel added a lithe sensuality to ballet music using stunning colors and fevered rhythms in both Daphnis et Chloé and La valse. This series also showcases the ways composers evoke the spirit and traditions of their homelands. There’s fascinating Latin American works with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; orchestral music by Mozart, Schubert, and Richard Strauss that’s rooted in Vienna; and the opulence of the Venetian Baroque in Vivaldi’s spectacular Juditha triumphans. There’s also the launch of a major artistic event when, for the first time in Carnegie Hall history, the numbered symphonies of Bruckner will be performed in a single season. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin in the revered Austrian master’s Symphony No. 1 to begin the cycle, and also leads Mozart’s final piano concerto from the keyboard.
October 7, 2016
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
January 19, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
February 7, 2017
Venice Baroque Orchestra
February 24, 2017
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor

Program

STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka (1947 version)
JUAN CARLOS NÚÑEZ Selections from Tonadas de Simón Díaz
·· “Mi querencia”
·· “Tonada del Cabestrero”
PAUL DESENNE Hipnosis Mariposa
VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No. 2

Encores:
STRAVINSKY Finale from The Firebird (1910)
GUTIERREZ "Alma Llanera" from Aires de Venezuela (arr. José Terencio)
Based on a tale from Russian folklore, Pétrouchka is a sumptuously scored energetic showpiece. The music of the Venezuelan composers Juan Carlos Núñez and Paul Desenne is spiced with the popular song and dance of their homeland, while reminiscences of his native Brazil and the music of Bach inspired Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras. The second of his nine suites is noteworthy for its closing toccata, a vivid depiction of a train traveling through the Brazilian hinterlands.

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 1
Dramatic power, profound melodic beauty, strong rhythmic drive, and a serving of wit are the hallmarks of Bruckner’s symphonic style—all found in his First Symphony. Conductor Daniel Barenboim and the legendary Staatskapelle Berlin begin the first ever Carnegie Hall cycle of Bruckner's nine numbered symphonies. Barenboim also performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, the composer’s final concerto and a work of great emotional depth.

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

Listen

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 1 (Scherzo: Lebhaft)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 7 PM

Performers

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon, Music Director and Conductor
Delphine Galou, Contralto (Juditha)
Mary-Ellen Nesi, Mezzo-Soprano (Holofernes)
Ann Hallenberg, Mezzo-Soprano (Vagaus)
Francesca Ascioti, Contralto (Ozias)
Silke Gäng, Mezzo-Soprano (Abra)
TENET
Jolle Greenleaf, Artistic Director

Program

VIVALDI Juditha triumphans
In this oratorio, Vivaldi depicts the dramatic story of Judith slaying Holofernes through expressive arias, rousing martial choruses, and some of the most colorful instrumental writing of the Baroque era. The score includes instruments like the chalumeau (a clarinet predecessor), theorbos (huge lutes), a consort of viole all’inglese, as well as recorders, viola d’amore, and more—all entrusted to the Venice Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble The Washington Post praised for “percolating energy and lithe, silvery tone.”

Listen

VIVALDI Juditha triumphans (Part I: Arma, caedes)


Alessandro De Marchi, Conductor | Academia Montis Regalis | Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Chorus

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor

Program

SCHUBERT Overture to Die Zauberharfe
RENÉ STAAR Time Recycling (US Premiere)
R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

Encore:
J. STRAUSS JR. "Frühlingsstimmen": Waltz, Op. 410
Schubert’s Overture to Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp) is the high-spirited curtain-raiser to a program of music by composers rooted in Vienna. René Staar, a longtime Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra violinist, explores time and how we experience it in Time Recycling. While Staar contemplates time, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is timeless. This sumptuously scored tone poem tells the story of a great man’s life. Strauss never called the piece autobiographical, but there are passages that allude to his Also Sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan. Its most famous episode depicts the hero’s battle with his critics, set to bravura music that influenced Hollywood composers for the next century.

Listen

R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben


André Previn, Conductor | Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra