Carnegie Hall Presents

International Festival of Orchestras II

Stellar orchestras from around the world perform grand symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and others, as well as transcendently beautiful selections from Wagner’s final opera, the New York premiere of a piano concerto by Daniil Trifonov, and more. 
November 15, 2017
Mariinsky Orchestra
January 17, 2018
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
February 25, 2018
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
May 5, 2018
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 7 PM

Performers

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Program

R. STRAUSS Don Juan
DANIIL TRIFONOV Piano Concerto (NY Premiere)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 6
Daniil Trifonov made his Carnegie Hall debut in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He reunites with them for another composer’s first concerto—his own. Trifonov’s Piano Concerto has pianistic flash, but also introspection and great tenderness. Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 looks inward too—especially in the anguished central Largo—but also excites with powerful outer movements. Strauss’s Don Juan is pure excitement: Sumptuously scored, brilliantly melodic, it’s the tone poem that propelled him to the front rank of composers.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor

Program

WAGNER Prelude to Act III and Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9
Parsifal, Wagner’s final opera, is a majestic work that reaches heavenly heights in its spiritually transcendent third act. Wagner was Bruckner’s idol, and the sweeping breadth and tonal language of the older composer inspired much of his music. At the time of his death, Bruckner had only completed three movements of his Ninth Symphony, but what he left is compelling and deeply touching. His symphony ascends from a musical primordial haze to a finale that explores new harmonies and peace in its quiet closing benediction.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2 PM

Performers

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor

Program

IVES Symphony No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
A mere 20 years separate the composition of these two symphonies, yet their musical journeys take us in completely opposite directions. After a Beethoven-like struggle with Fate, Tchaikovsky’s symphony banishes all doubts with a thrilling, no-holds-barred coda that sets the heart racing. Ives startles us with glimpses of American folk and band music, concluding with what can only be likened to a short, tart Bronx cheer.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor

Program

MAHLER Symphony No. 7
Mahler’s five-movement Symphony No. 7 has its share of shadows, especially in its two mysterious “night music” movements, but all is not gloom. The massively scored symphony—it includes cowbells, mandolin, and guitar—culminates in a wildly exuberant finale where snippets of operetta, a reference to the opening of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and a Turkish march joyously swirl together.