Carnegie Hall Presents

Weekends at Carnegie Hall

Enjoy thrilling music over a weekend. Although separated by only a few years, Bruckner’s Eighth and Mahler’s First offer sublime, yet radically different, views of the symphony. Bruckner’s massive work—a thrilling part of Carnegie Hall’s unprecedented cycle of the master’s symphonies—journeys from depths of darkness to heroic heights, while Mahler’s symphony is redolent with sounds of nature and spins the children’s song “Frère Jacques” into a funeral march before its transcendent climax. To make your Sunday memorable, you’ll hear a concert performance of Handel’s sparkling opera Ariodante with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
January 28, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
April 8, 2017
San Francisco Symphony
April 30, 2017
The English Concert

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8
Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony—a thrilling part of Carnegie Hall’s unprecedented cycle of the master’s symphonies—is a massive work that journeys from the depths of darkness to heroic heights. As in many of his symphonies, Bruckner opens his Eighth in a mist from which magnificently sonorous themes immerge. There’s tremendous power in the ensuing Scherzo, while the Adagio is heart-rending poetry that Bruckner considered his finest creation. With its huge brass chorales and unforgettable timpani solo, the finale is a masterpiece of Wagnerian sonorities and surging intensity. Composer Hugo Wolf called the symphony, “the creation of a giant, surpassing in spiritual dimension and magnitude all the other symphonies of the master.” Hear it and you will agree.

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. 8 (Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
Adagio from Symphony No. 10
Symphony No. 1
Michael Tilson Thomas is one of our era’s most critically acclaimed conductors of Mahler's masterpieces, and this concert shows why. Mahler never lived to complete anything more than the opening Adagio of his Symphony No. 10, but the movement’s power and pathos makes it one of the composer’s most compelling works. Mahler’s First Symphony has power too, but it’s the elemental sounds of nature, the innocence of folk song, and a spectacular transcendent climax that grip the audience.

Listen

MAHLER Symphony No. 1 (Stürmisch bewegt)


Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor | San Francisco Symphony

The English Concert

Handel's Ariodante (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 2 PM

Performers

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano (Ariodante)
Christiane Karg, Soprano (Ginevra)
Joélle Harvey, Soprano (Dalinda)
Sonia Prina, Contralto (Polinesso)
David Portillo, Tenor (Lurcanio)
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone (King of Scotland)
Tyson Miller, Tenor (Odoardo)

Program

HANDEL Ariodante (concert performance)
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera.