In collaboration with Carnegie Hall and WQXR, American Public Media presented a series of twelve national broadcasts of the world's foremost ensembles, soloists, and recitalists from the three stages of Carnegie Hall.
This energetic group of young Venezuelans and its acclaimed conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, were a hit when they made their New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2007. On this program, they perform works by some of Latin America’s finest 20th-century composers, including a suite of lusty, wild music by Silvestre Revueltas
With blocks of massive choral forces and contrasting moments of repose, the Missa solemnis is uniquely Beethovenian in its ability to convey a broad faith in humankind. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and The Monteverdi Choir come together to perform this grand plea for peace.
The Belcea Quartet, a group that approaches everything it plays with “timeless daring” (The New York Times), continues its three-concert focus on Beethoven’s epoch-making late quartets. This program features the E-flat–Major Quartet, Op. 127—the first of the five final quartets that changed the string quartet genre forever—and the B-flat–Major Quartet, Op 130.
An opening night with Orff’s Carmina Burana is auspicious; performed by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it’s breathtaking. Kick off Carnegie Hall’s 2012–2013 season with this outstanding group and its illustrious music director as they dive into Carmina Burana’s exciting rhythms and powerful melodies.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his first year as music director, leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Ravel’s La Valse and Shostakovich’s intense, politically charged Symphony No. 5. Leonidas Kavakos, arguably “the most deeply satisfying violinist performing today” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), joins them for Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2.
Renée Fleming; Susan Graham
Their pairing in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in 2000 and 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera is now a celebrated part of opera lore; since then, Renée Fleming and Susan Graham have teamed up time and again, creating sparks together in recordings and on the concert stage. Now these all-American divas bring their unparalleled talents to Carnegie Hall for an unforgettable night of song.
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
As one of its members aptly puts it, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is “a human laboratory that can express to the whole world how to cope with each other.” Established in 1999 as a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, the group is celebrated for its interpretations of Beethoven, which exude “youthful gusto and enthusiasm” (The Independent, London). On this program, it performs Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 2 and 9.
Together with its powerful leader, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus performs the Baroque repertoire it specializes in with white-hot energy. The ensemble is, as Stephen Brookes of The Washington Post put it, "aggressive, vibrant, and focused to an absolutely electrifying pitch."
La Pasión Según San Marcos: A Creative Learning Project
At the heart of Osvaldo Golijov’s residency as Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair is this performance of his La Pasión según San Marcos, featuring members of the Venezuelan chorus to which the piece is dedicated, together with high school singers from throughout New York City. Drawing on the sounds of Latin America with texts in Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic, the piece is evocative, wildly inventive, and entirely characteristic of Golijov’s personal aesthetic.
Jonathan Biss; Elias String Quartet
“What I feel for Schumann goes beyond love and admiration," says Jonathan Biss. “The intensity of his passion for music, and his will to use music as a poetic and personal, yet fully realized and deeply expressive language strike me as the highest aims imaginable for a musician.” On this program, part of his season-long focus on Mozart, Janáček, and Schumann, Biss joins members of the Elias String Quartet for Schumann’s Piano Quartet.
In 2010, Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden recorded Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to enthusiastic critical acclaim. Don't miss your chance to hear this "venerable, remarkable orchestra" (The New York Times) live in concert.