Carnegie Hall Presents

Musical Tales and Tableaux

The passion, lyricism, color, and virtuosity of Russian music make it irresistible. There are warm melodies and flashes of fire in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, while the romantic beauty and technical brilliance of Rachmaninoff’s piano music is stunning. Tchaikovsky was one of the greatest ballet composers, and his Swan Lake is an unparalleled masterpiece. From orchestral showpiece to tender keyboard miniature, this series showcases Russia’s finest music.
November 15, 2016
The Philadelphia Orchestra
January 30, 2017
Dmitry Masleev
March 7, 2017
The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Program

RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Encore:
YSAŸE Finale from Sonata for Solo Violin in E Minor, Op. 27, No. 4
There will be enough electricity to light a city when Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra in the music of Ravel and Prokofiev. Ravel’s unparalleled iridescent orchestra colors and intoxicating melodies make his gentle Le tombeau de Couperin and sensuous ballet Daphnis et Chloé audience favorites. The concert also features Prokofiev’s beautiful Violin Concerto No. 1. Warmly melodic in its outer movements, the concerto’s edgy central-section Scherzo has a piquant quality that is classic, fast-paced Prokofiev.

Dmitry Masleev

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Dmitry Masleev, Piano
NY Recital Debut
First Prize Winner, The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015)

Program

D. SCARLATTI Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in F Minor, K. 466
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14
RACHMANINOFF Elégie in E-flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1, from Morceaux de fantaisie
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, from Morceaux de fantaisie
RACHMANINOFF Fragments
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9
LISZT Totentanz

Encores:
TCHAIKOVSKY Lullaby in A-flat Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
TCHAIKOVSKY Dance Scene in C Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (arr. Rachmaninoff)
BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Winner of the first prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, pianist Dmitry Masleev performs music that spans Scarlatti to Prokofiev. Scarlatti’s sonatas are brief, but packed with rhythmic flair and melodic charm; Beethoven’s “Les adieux” Sonata tells a story of his patron’s departure and return; and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 dazzles with its extreme contrasts of style, mood, texture, and tonality. There’s also luxurious and witty music by Rachmaninoff and Liszt’s diabolically virtuosic Totentanz.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
John Relyea, Bass

Program

TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from Swan Lake
BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle
You don’t need dancers and scenery to make ballet and opera thrilling when you have the electrifying Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Some of Tchaikovsky's most glorious melodies make his dramatic Swan Lake one of his most timeless ballets. While best known for his orchestral music, Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle is a riveting one-act psychological drama. The opera’s vocal writing is marvelously expressive and its sumptuous orchestral music is stunning, such as the hair-raising moment when Bluebeard’s kingdom is revealed to his new wife, and also the profound sadness of the lake of tears in the opera’s climactic scene.

Listen

BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle (Door 5. “Ah!” “Lásdez az én birodalmam”)


Christa Ludwig, Soprano | István Kertész , Conductor | London Symphony Orchestra