Carnegie Hall Opens 2006-07 Season With Cleveland Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes and Dorothea R‹schmann

Classic Arts News   Carnegie Hall Opens 2006-07 Season With Cleveland Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes and Dorothea R‹schmann
Carnegie Hall in New York City opens its 2006-07 this evening at 7 pm with a gala concert by the Cleveland Orchestra and its music director, Franz Welser-M‹st. The program includes festive music by Franz von Supp_ and Johann Strauss, Jr., along with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 and arias from Le nozze di Figaro. Joining the Clevelanders are pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea R‹schmann. (The latter replaces baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who withdrew this afternoon with an inflamed vocal cord; he had been planning to perform songs from Mahler's collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn.)

Tonight's concert will be aired next week on PBS, as part of its Great Performances series, from Wednesday, October 11; in New York City, the program beings at 10 pm on WNET, channel 13. Check local listings for schedules and possible rebroadcasts.

Welser-M‹st and the Cleveland Orchestra stay on for two further concerts on October 5 and 7, including the New York premiere of Hanspeter Kyburz's touch_ (featuring soprano Laura Aikin and tenor John Mark Ainsley), Dvoršk's Symphony No. 5, Debussy's La Mer, Bruckner's Fifth Symphony and Mozart arias sung by Quasthoff.

Following the Cleveland Orchestra come two other great American bands for performances next week: the Boston Symphony (Monday, Oct. 9), with James Levine conducting and Daniel Barenboim as soloist for Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (the program also includes Schoenberg's Verkl‹rte Nacht); and the Philadelphia Orchestra (Tuesday, Oct. 10), with Andr_ Watts as soloist in Brahms's Second Piano Concerto and Christoph Eschenbach conducting Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, the "Path_tique."

Among the other visiting orchestras and conductors on Carnegie Hall's 2006-07 schedule are the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo V‹nsk‹, the NHK Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Mariss Jansons, the London Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andrew Davis, the Chicago Symphony under Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet, the MET Orchestra and Chorus under James Levine, the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung, the NDR (North German Radio) Symphony under Christoph von Dohnšnyi, the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (with Joshua Bell playing and conducting), the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (with Maxim Vengerov playing and conducting), the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ditto for Richard Tognetti), and Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer.

Period-instrument ensembles visiting Carnegie Hall this year include Musia Antiqua K‹ln (in one of its final concerts before disbanding at the end of this year), the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir performing Bach under Ton Koopman, the Venice Baroque Soloists in one of its trademark programs of little-known Vivaldi concertos, and the Academy of Ancient Music playing Handel and Telemann.

Carnegie Hall's 2006-07 season will feature an unusually high number of commissions: the works of ten established figures (such as John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Elliott Carter) and ten emerging composers in their 20s and 30s will be premiered throughout the year. The younger composers will be mentored through the Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshops.

Carnegie's annual artist-led Perspectives series will see pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard explore music including Bach, Chopin, Stockhausen, and Ligeti with collaborators such as Pierre Boulez. David Byrne, the composer and performer who fronted the art-rock band Talking Heads, will curate the eclectic No Boundaries series. The Emerson String Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven string quartets alongside works by Mendelssohn, Ives, Bart‹k, and a new quartet by Saariaho. Baritone Thomas Quasthoff will explore American popular song and orchestral lieder.

Zankel Hall, which "has been utterly transformational and has made a tremendous impact on Carnegie Hall," according to executive director Clive Gillinson, will hosts a wide range of world-music concerts. The World Views series includes The Spirit of Fs, a program featuring performers of a range of musical genres who met at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco; jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd and the Mongolian Buryat Band; and maskanda singer and guitarist Shiyani Ngcobo, among others.

Among other Carnegie highlights this season are a 60th-birthday tribute to John Adams, including the New York premiere of his Doctor Atomic Symphony, and a three-concert series (November 10-12) focusing on the songs of Shostakovich, featuring pianist Larissa Gergieva and soloists from the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers.

Solo piano recitalists include, among others, Daniel Barenboim (performing Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier), H_lne Grimaud, Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Louis Lortie, Alfred Brendel, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Richard Goode, Maurizio Pollini, Evgeny Kissin, and (in her Carnegie debut) Ingrid Fliter, who recently won the 2006 Gilmore Artist award.

Among the other soloists in recital at Carnegie this season are singers Dorothea R‹schmann, Ben Heppner, Joshua Hopkins, Stephanie Blythe, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Schade, Diana Damrau, Gerald Finley, Karita Mattila, Matthias Goerne and Deborah Voigt; violinists Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jaime Laredo, Sarah Chang, Sergey Khachatryan; cellists Truls Mêªrk and Efe Baltacigil; guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad; bassist Edgar Meyer; and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset. Well-known pianists performing chamber music in various combinations include Yefim Bronfman, Krystian Zimerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Warren Jones, Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Emanuel Ax. Chamber groups on the schedule include the St. Lawrence, Brentano and Vertavo String Quartets; the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Alarm Will Sound and the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars.

None of this is to forget, of course, this month's city-wide celebration of Steve Reich's 70th birthday, in which Carnegie Hall plays a prominent role.

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