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Brahms's A German Requiem

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

3

Mar, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

4

Mar, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

5

Mar, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

8

Mar, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Brahms created his profoundly moving, deeply spiritual A German Requiem in the wake of the deaths of his mother and Robert Schumann, a close father-figure. Soaring strings, transcendent voices, and powerful winds and brass create an “intimate expression of comfort” (The New York Times). Christoph von Dohnányi says it best: “The Requiem is one of the very greatest pieces Brahms ever wrote.”

Program

Brahms

A German Requiem

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Artists

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors. He started his career as assistant to George Solti in Frankfurt, and later held chief posts in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and Paris. He was principal conductor and artistic adviser of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he is honorary conductor for life. He was the sixth music director of The Cleveland Orchestra (1984–2002), and during his tenure led the Orchestra on tours to Asia and Europe, founded the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, oversaw the extension and renovation of Severance Hall, and initiated a new commissioning project. In 2002 he was named the first music director laureate of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since then Dohnányi has been a regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe he continues to appear regularly with the orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, and Israel.

Mr. Dohnányi has conducted at the world’s great opera houses, including in Berlin and Paris, and the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the United States he has conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His London / Decca opera recordings with Vienna include Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as orchestral works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky, and the complete Mendelssohn symphonies. His Decca recordings with Cleveland include works ranging from Bruckner, Mahler, and Strauss to Ives, Varèse, and John Adams. A compilation of the complete Beethoven symphonies was recorded in Cleveland by Telarc, and a collection of the complete Brahms symphonies was released by Teldec.

Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin in 1929 and studied at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and at Florida State University with his grandfather, pianist and composer Ernst von Dohnányi. He completed his studies in the U.S. by attending a conducting class at Tanglewood in 1952. He has received honorary doctorates from the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music; an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Freedom Award. He is the recipient of Frankfurt’s Goethe Plaque, Hungary’s Bartók medal, and is a member of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling by Anna Hult

Soprano

Since her acclaimed 1999 debut as Corinna in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at New York City Opera, Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling has appeared on the stages of the world’s most prominent opera houses and concert halls, and in regular collaborations with the greatest orchestras and conductors. Current season highlights include Berg’s Seven Early Songs with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Francois Xavier Roth and Schumann’s Faustszenen with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Hengelbrock. She performs Brahms’s A German Requiem with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, both conducted by Bernard Haitink, and also with the New York Philharmonic led by Christoph von Dohnányi. She also returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Dutilleux’s Correspondances and concert performances as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Consistently in demand for concert appearances, Ms. Tilling’s recent highlights include Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Dohnányi, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at the BBC Proms with the London Symphony Orchestra and Haitink, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Berlin’s Waldbühne with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.

Among Ms. Tilling’s many recordings are three recital discs with Paul Rivinius on the BIS label; the most recent, I Skogen, released in the summer of 2015, is dedicated to songs from Nordic composers. She appears on Die Schöpfung with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Haitink, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor, with Paul McCreesh. She performs the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo on DVD from the Teatro alla Scala conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Borggreve
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New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

Chorus

Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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Special Thanks

Christoph von Dohnányi's appearance is made possible through the Florence Blau Trust.

This concert is made possible through the Helen Huntington Hull Fund and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

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