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Hear World Premiere by Peter Eötvös Plus Salonen and Bartók

NY Philharmonic Alan Gilbert Cologne Peter Eotvos Senza sangue Anne Sofie von Otter Russell Braun

Tune in to WDR 3 Thursday at 2:05 p.m. EDT to hear Alan Gilbert lead the Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Senza sangue — a lurid tale of revenge and reconciliation, featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Russell Braun — plus Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx and Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite. The concert was recorded in May from Cologne, the final stop of our EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour. If you miss the broadcast (or want to listen again), the concert will also be available on-demand for the next 30 days here.

WATCH: World Premiere of Peter Eötvös's Senza sangue

The EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour concluded on May 1 at Cologne's Kölner Philharmonie, where Peter Eötvös's opera "Senza sangue" received its World Premiere. Alan Gilbert conducted mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, baritone Russell Braun, and the Orchestra. The composer joined them during bows. The piece receives its U.S. Premiere May 8 & 9 at Avery Fisher Hall. Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. (Video: Chris Lee)

Triumph on EUROPE / SPRING 2015 Tour

The EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour has come to an end, and the Orchestra has been greeted by friends, family, and some real spring weather (finally!).

It was a terrific tour in every way, and we thank everyone who welcomed us, hosted us, performed with us, and attended our concerts. We especially thank Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse, whose support made it all possible. To see slideshows and videos, go here. Here's what the press had to say.

National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland
  • "Under Music Director Alan Gilbert, the return of the New York Philharmonic fulfills all expectations. ... Nyx shows the weighty depth of NYP’s brass with particularly emblazoned horns, its shimmering vital-in-attach strings and its twirling woodwind with principal clarinet sinuously serpentine. Then there is snapping percussion and a delightful harp and celesta duo in this brilliant orchestral showpiece executed with consummate ensemble virtuosity." (Irish Independent)
London's Barbican Centre
  • "The playing of the New York Philharmonic combines something of that old-world sophistication with the big-boned, technical brilliance one associates with the best American orchestras. … This was a good advertisement for its current standing." (Financial Times) 
  • "…[Joyce] DiDonato’s singing (always a highlight) was all light and depth. … Special mention goes to Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, whose organic solo playing nicely complemented Richard Strauss’s exquisite 'Morgen!'." (The Spectator)
  • "the intimacy of the hall and the ensemble belied the surging intensity of the performances; here were players totally committed to the delivery of very exciting music. … CONTACT! … demonstrated contemporary music in America is in very capable hands." (Bachtrack.com)
  • "It was Stravinsky's Petrushka that stole the show, and indeed, for better or worse, the weekend." (The Sunday Times)
Amsterdam's Concertgebouw
  • "Alan Gilbert … has proved to be an experienced architect of sound, a conductor that leads the orchestra with a dance-like physique in sonorous performances and an athletic sound. In Ravel's Shéhérazade (and the encore: Strauss’s Morgen), the fabulous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's spectrum of restrained colors also made one appreciate in what a superior way Gilbert made his musicians alternate between a powerful fortissimo and a succinct whisper." (NRC Handelsblad)
  • Gilbert "imparted his magisterial, incisive vision on Petrushka by Stravinsky to the musicians and audience. The orchestra took their playing to the limit, almost scarily perfect. Clear timbres were driven to the extreme in all aspects, to hallucinatory effect." (De Telegraaf)
Frankfurt's Alte Oper
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that the performance of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite, particularly the horn section, made the concert "worthwhile already," and Ravel's Shéhérazade was played with "an enchantingly concentrated atomosphere."
Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne
  • "Gilbert encouraged unbelievably sensitive playing from the Orchestra. It appeared that Eötvös's score should not be played any differently. The audience celebrated the premiere with much applause." (General-Anzeiger)

PHOTOS: Tour Concludes in Frankfurt and Cologne

The EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour comes to a rousing conclusion, with Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic performing in Frankfurt and Cologne, including broadcasts and a premiere featuring Anne Sofie von Otter and Russell Braun, as well as festivities courtesy of Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse.

Musical Postcards Through One Very Young Composer's Eyes

Barbican Centre Very Young Composers New York Philharmonic

The Barbican Centre published a blog post that offers an interesting case history from the collaboration between the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program and Barbican and Guildhall School's Future Band, which culminated in a performance during our recent residency at the Barbican during the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour:

As part of April’s New York Philharmonic Residency, we have been exploring ideas of musical creation without borders working with young people from East London and New York. Through musical postcards, emails, pictures, sound files and musical notes, our young composers have been sharing who they are, their cities and their musical ideas to help inspire a musical creation across the Atlantic.

The result? Pieces of music that would be performed by an ensemble of New York Philharmonic musicians and Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduates on our freeStage during the New York Philharmonic Residency.

The Barbican spoke to Graydon Hanson, one of the Philhamonic Very Young Composers, who gave a composer's eye view on the process. Check it out!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

WATCH: Ravel in Paris, 4/25/15

Enjoy Ravel's Shéhérazade while watching a retrospective of the Orchestra's stop in Paris on the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, culminating in becoming the first U.S. orchestra to perform at the Philharmonie de Paris. (A free webcast of the concert is available at medici.tv until October 22, 2015.) Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. (Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Paris

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic made history as the first American orchestra to perform at the new Philharmonie de Paris, a concert available as a free webcast through medici.tv, following boffo performances in Amsterdam and Luxembourg on the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour.

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