Carnegie Hall Presents

Carnegie Classics

Treasures of chamber music, thrilling concertos, and orchestral masterpieces are all synonymous with the Carnegie Hall tradition. The elite artists of the classical music world reveal the power of Beethoven, Strauss’s command of orchestral color, and the drama and joy of Brahms’s splendor.
November 7, 2017
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
February 22, 2018
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
April 11, 2018
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Performers

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, Music Director and Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Program

AMIT POZNANSKY Footnote Suite (NY Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
“A prodigious performer in action, increasingly willing to plumb music’s soul,” is how the Los Angeles Times described pianist Yefim Bronfman. His virtuosity, intellectual acumen, and emotional commitment are perfectly suited to Beethoven’s ground-breaking Piano Concerto No. 3. Ties to the Classical concerto of Mozart are severed in this work that storms, sighs, and eventually smiles, prefiguring the great Romantic concertos.

Emanuel Ax, Piano
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Emanuel Ax, Piano
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Program

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major
Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor
Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major
Brahms’s piano trios trace his development from a youthful disciple of Schumann to a mature, fully developed master. Over the years, his youthful ardor gives way to autumnal nostalgia, but his magnificent melodies, splashes of gentle humor, and muscular power are constants. The love of Brahms brings pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma together to form a super trio.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

Program

BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4
Bernstein has four characters search for faith in a New York City bar while Shostakovich’s symphony flirts with danger. W. H. Auden’s poem “The Age of Anxiety,” an eclogue on man’s spiritual quest, inspired the pulsing jazz piano and vivid orchestral colors of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2. Echoes of Mahler are evident in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, especially the emotional arc of its finale. The composer cancelled the symphony’s 1936 premiere knowing its unorthodox style ran against Soviet cultural policy—a mistake that could have cost him his freedom or more.