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Carnegie Hall Presents

New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Jaap van Zweden by Dario Acosta, Katia and Marielle Labèque by Umberto Nicoletti
The New York Philharmonic performs a double dose of Debussy, beginning with the sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and culminating in the daring harmonies and shimmering colors of La mer. It was Wagner’s ambiguous harmonies that influenced Debussy, such as those found in his Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde that portend a tragic love story. Katia and Marielle Labèque—the “best piano duo in front of an audience today” (The New York Times)—also join the orchestra for the US premiere of Nico Muhly’s In Certain Circles

Performers

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, Music Director and Conductor
Katia and Marielle Labèque, Pianos

Program

DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

NICO MUHLY In Certain Circles (US Premiere)

WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

DEBUSSY La mer

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 95 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

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New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers each season through live concerts in New York and around the world, as well as broadcasts, recordings, and education ...

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers each season through live concerts in New York and around the world, as well as broadcasts, recordings, and education programs. The 2022–2023 season marks a new chapter in the life of America’s longest living orchestra with the opening of the reimagined David Geffen Hall and programming that engages with today’s cultural conversations through explorations of HOME, LIBERATION, SPIRIT, and EARTH, in addition to the premieres of 16 works. This marks the return from the pandemic, when the NY Phil launched NY Phil Bandwagon, presenting free performances across the city, and 2021–2022 concerts at other New York City venues.

The Philharmonic has commissioned and/or premiered important works, from Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony to Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Stride. The orchestra has released more than 2,000 recordings since 1917, streams performances on NYPhil+, and shares its extensive history free online through the New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Jaap van Zweden became music director in 2018–2019, succeeding such titans as Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.

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Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden became music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. Also music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012, he has appeared as a guest with  ...

Jaap van Zweden became music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. Also music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012, he has appeared as a guest with leading orchestras that include, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, and London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In October 2022, Mr. van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic reopen the renovated David Geffen Hall with HOME, a monthlong housewarming for the orchestra and its audiences. Other 2022–2023 season highlights include Spirit, a musical expression of the trials and triumphs of the human spirit that features performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie and J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; and Earth, a response to the climate crisis that includes Julia Wolfe’s unEarth and John Luther Adams’s Become Desert. Over the course of his fifth Philharmonic season, Mr. van Zweden conducts repertoire that ranges from Beethoven and Bruckner to premieres by Marcos Balter, Etienne Charles, Caroline Shaw, and Carlos Simon, in addition to the works by Wolfe and Adams.

Mr. van Zweden’s Philharmonic recordings include David Lang’s prisoner of the state and Julia Wolfe’s Grammy-nominated Fire in my mouth (Decca Gold). With the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring cycle (Naxos); his performance of Wagner’s Parsifal received the Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden became the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at age 19. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later. Recently named conductor emeritus of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, his previous posts include chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (2005–2013), where he is now honorary chief conductor; chief conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra (2008–2011); and music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–2018), where he is now conductor laureate. He was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year, and was awarded the prestigious Concertgebouw Prize in 2020. In 1997, Mr. van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism.

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Katia and Marielle Labèque

Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age, and they rose to ...

Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age, and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music). They have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide.

The Labèques are regular guests with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago and London symphony orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Vienna Philharmonic, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. They have performed under the direction of Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Gimeno, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Pietari Inkinen, Louis Langrée, Zubin Mehta, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Matthias Pintscher, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Their label KML Recordings joined Deutsche Grammophon in 2016.

The Labèques have worked with composers who include Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen. Among the duo’s premieres are Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds, and Thom Yorke’s Don’t Fear the Light, with Yorke as special guest. The Labèques premiered Nico Muhly’s new concerto, In Certain Circles, with the Orchestre de Paris and Maxim Emelyanychev in 2021.

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