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Great American Orchestras I

“Mr. Boulez and his players … gave [the music] the visceral wallop that Bartók intended,” raved the New York Times of a 2006 Carnegie Hall performance by Boulez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Expect the same this season when these artists bring Bartók’s chilling one-act opera Bluebeard’s Castle to Carnegie Hall. Conductor Osmo Vänskä brings a similar gift to the music of Sibelius: Praising Vänskä’s recording of the heroic musical saga Kullervo, ClassicsToday.com noted its “tremendous sweep and passion.”

Series Events
Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Celena Shafer, Soprano
Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Irina Tchistiakova, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Glenn, Tenor
Kostas Smoriginas, Bass-Baritone
Dimitri Ivaschenko, Bass
Denis Sedov, Bass
Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus
Norman Mackenzie, Director
ANGEL LAM Awakening from a Disappearing Garden for Cello and Orchestra (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall through the generosity of Henry R. Kravis in honor of his wife Marie-Josée)
STRAVINSKY Le Rossignol
Excerpt from Stravinsky "Song of the Nightingale" from Act 2 of Le Rossignol
Reri Grist, Soprano / Chorus and Orchestra of the Opera Sociey of Washington D.C. / Igor Stravinsky, Conductor
Sony Classical
Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Pierre Boulez, Conductor Emeritus
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
Falk Struckmann, Baritone
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle
Excerpt from Bartok Bluebeard's Castle (The Second Door)
Tatiania Troyanos, Mezzo-soprano / Siegmund Nimsgurn, Baritone / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Pierre Boulez, Conductor
Sony Classical
Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Alan Gilbert, Conductor
Kari Kriikku, Clarinet
WAGNER Rienzi Overture
MAGNUS LINDBERG Clarinet Concerto (US Premiere)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
Excerpt from Wagner Rienzi Overture
New York Philharmonic / Zubin Mehta
Sony Classical
Excerpt from Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 (I. Allegretto)
New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein
Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor
Päivi Nisula, Soprano
Hannu Niemelä, Baritone
YL Male Voice Choir
Matti Hyökki, Chorus Master
BEETHOVEN Große Fuge, Op. 133 (arr. Michael Steinberg)
SIBELIUS Kullervo, Op. 7
Excerpt from Sibelius Kullervo, Op. 7 (Kullervo's Death)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Osma Vänskä
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