Carnegie Hall Presents

The MET Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts The MET Orchestra and stellar guest artists in three concerts. The folk characters in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) experience life’s joys and tragedies in some of the composer’s most popular songs. There is also Brahms's grandly scaled Piano Concerto No.1 paired with Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony, and a concert of works by Sibelius, including his Violin Concerto—a work where the soloist is challenged from its opening measures to its exhilarating finale.
May 31, 2017
The MET Orchestra
June 3, 2017
The MET Orchestra
June 6, 2017
The MET Orchestra

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Matthew Polenzani, Tenor

Program

ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
·· "Der Schildwache Nachtlied"
·· "Verlor'ne Müh"
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"Trost im Unglück"
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"Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht"
·· "Das irdische Leben"
·· "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt"
·· "Rheinlegendchen"
·· "Lied des Verfolgten im Turm"
·· "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen"
·· "Lob des hohen Verstandes"
Symphony No. 1
Mahler said “a symphony should embrace the world,” a statement true of much of his music. In just a few bars, he can take the listener on a ramble through the forest, conjure visions of the last judgment, recreate a wild klezmer dance, or paint a picture of heaven. Mahler's music speaks to every emotion and touches every level of the psyche—it truly embraces the world. His song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) tells tales of joy, recounts the farewell of a young soldier to his lover, conveys the mysteries of childhood, reveals the pleasures and pains of love, and much more.

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 3 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Karen Cargill, Mezzo-Soprano
Stuart Skelton, Tenor

Program

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde
Emotional power and soaring melodies define these masterworks by Schumann and Mahler. Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony is a joyful and richly romantic snapshot of the Rhineland. Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a song cycle for tenor and low voice, features some of his most expressive vocal writing and brilliantly detailed orchestration in a poignant meditation on the transitory nature of life.

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano

Program

MAHLER Blumine
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
MAHLER Kindertotenlieder
·· Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
·· Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
·· Wenn dein Mütterlein
·· Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
·· In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7
Mahler and Sibelius drew inspiration from nature, and the myths and poetry of their homelands. Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder is a melancholy but piercingly beautiful song cycle set to texts by Friedrich Rückert. There are brooding qualities in Sibelius’s innovative one-movement Symphony No. 7, but the work also boasts elemental power and stunning orchestration. The power of his Violin Concerto is derived from the tremendous technical demands made of the soloist. From its opening measures, the soloist is engaged, playing the opening theme and one of the most stunning cadenzas in all of music.

Listen

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto (Allegro moderato)


Christian Tetzlaff, Violin | Thomas Dausgaard, Conductor | Danish National Symphony Orchestra